AU2008268271A1 - Filtration media pack, filter elements, and methods - Google Patents

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AU2008268271A1
AU2008268271A1 AU2008268271A AU2008268271A AU2008268271A1 AU 2008268271 A1 AU2008268271 A1 AU 2008268271A1 AU 2008268271 A AU2008268271 A AU 2008268271A AU 2008268271 A AU2008268271 A AU 2008268271A AU 2008268271 A1 AU2008268271 A1 AU 2008268271A1
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Description

WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 FILTRATION MEDIA PACK, FILTER ELEMENT, AND METHODS Cross Reference to Related Applications This application is being filed on 26 June 2008 as a PCT International Patent application in the name of Donaldson Company, Inc., a U.S. national 5 corporation, applicant for the designation of all countries except the US, and Gary J. Rocklitz and Ming Ouyang, both citizens of the U.S., and Anitha M. Mathew, a citizen of India, applicants for the designation of the US only, and claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/937,162 that was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on June 26, 2007. The entire disclosure of U.S. 10 Provisional Patent Application No. 60/937,162 is incorporated herein it its entirety. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a filtration media pack and a filter element that can be used to filter a fluid. The invention is additionally directed to methods for manufacturing and using a filtration media pack. 15 Back2round Fluid streams, such as air and liquid, carry contaminant material therein. In many instances, it is desired to filter some or all of the contaminant materials from the fluid stream. For example, air flow streams to engines for motorized vehicles or for power generation equipment, gas streams to gas turbine 20 systems, and air streams to various combustion furnaces, carry particulate contaminants therein that should be filtered. Also liquid streams in engine lube systems, hydraulic systems, coolant systems or fuel systems, can carry contaminants that should be filtered. It is preferred for such systems, that selected contaminant material be removed from (or have its level reduced in) the fluid. A variety of fluid 25 filter (air or liquid filter) arrangements have been developed for contaminant reduction. In general, however, continued improvements are sought. Z-media generally refers to a type of fluted filtering media element where a fluid enters flutes on a first face of the media element and exits from flutes at a second face of the media element. In general, the faces on z-media are provided 30 on opposite ends of the media. The fluid enters through open flutes on one face and 1 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 exits through open flutes on the other face. At some point between the first face and the second face, the fluid passes from one flute to another flute to provide for filtration. Early forms of z-media were often referred to as corrugated media 5 because the characterization of the media was adopted from the corrugated box board industry. Corrugated box boards, however, were generally designed for carrying a load. Accordingly, flute designs can be modified away from the standards and sizes from the corrugated box board industry to provide improved filtration media performance. 10 Various disclosures have been provided for modifying the form of the flutes in z-media. For example, U.S. Patent No. 5,562,825 describes corrugation patterns which utilize somewhat semicircular (in cross section) inlet flutes adjacent narrow V-shaped (with curved sides) exit flutes are shown (see Figs. 1 and 3, of U.S. Patent No. 5,562,825). In U.S. Patent No. 5,049,326 to Matsumoto et al., circular 15 (in cross-section) or tubular flutes defined by one sheet having half tubes attached to another sheet having half tubes, with flat regions between the resulting parallel, straight, flutes are shown. See Fig. 2 of U.S. Patent No. 5,049,326. U.S. Patent No. 4,925,561 to Ishii et al. (Fig. 1) shows flutes folded to have a rectangular cross section, in which the flutes taper along their lengths. In WO 97/40918 (FIG. 1), 20 flutes or parallel corrugations which have a curved, wave patterns (from adjacent curved convex and concave troughs) but which taper along their lengths (and thus are not straight) are shown. Also, in WO 97/40918 flutes which have curved wave patterns, but with different sized ridges and troughs, are shown. Summary 25 A filtration media pack is provided according to the present invention. The filtration media pack includes a plurality of layers of single facer media. A layer of single facer media comprises a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face 30 of the filtration media pack. The filtration media pack includes a first portion of flutes that are closed to unfiltered fluid flowing into the first portion of the flutes and a second portion of flutes that are closed to unfiltered fluid flowing out of the second 2 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 portion of the flutes so that fluid passing into one of the first face or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the fluid. The filtration media pack can be characterized as a z-media pack, if desired, and can be provided having 5 inlet flutes and outlet flutes so that unfiltered fluid flows into the media pack via the inlet flutes and out of the media pack via the outlet flutes. It should be understood, however, that the flutes of the media pack need not be characterized as inlet flutes and outlet flutes. The performance of the filtration media pack can be altered or 10 modified by selecting from several design criteria. The term "performance" generally refers to at least one of increased longevity, increased loading capacity, decreased pressure drop, increased flow, decreased size or volume, etc. For example, the filtration media pack can be designed for a particular application to provide enhanced performance compared with certain presently available z-media 15 packs. Enhancing performance can result from, for example, controlling one or more of masking, flute width height ratio, flute length, flute density, flute shape, reducing plug length, flute taper, and flute volume asymmetry. Any of these techniques can be used alone or in combination to provide a filtration media pack having desired properties. 20 The Applicants have found that the extent of performance improvement of a filtration media pack increases as additional design characteristics of the media pack are controlled. For example, the performance of a media pack can be improved relative to a standard media pack from, for example, standard B flute media, by adjusting a single design criteria such as masking, flute width height ratio, 25 flute length, flute density, flute shape, plug length, flute taper, and flute volume asymmetry. In addition, the Applicants have found that enhanced performance can be provided as a result of controlling an additional design criteria. In an embodiment, the filtration media pack can be controlled to have a plurality of flutes having an average flute length of less than 5 inches, and can be 30 controlled so that the filtration media pack exhibits a flute density (p ) of at least 35.0 flute/inch 2 according to the formula: 3 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area wherein the number of channels is counted and the media cross sectional area is measured. In addition, the filtration media pack can exhibit at least one of: (i) at least one of the first portion of the plurality of flutes or the 5 second portion of the plurality of flutes are closed as a result of plugs having an average plug length of less than 7 mm; (ii) a flute width height ratio of greater than 2.5; or (iii) a flute width height ration of less than 0.4. In an alternative embodiment of the filtration media pack, the 10 filtration media pack can be provided exhibiting a flute density of at least 35.0 flute/inch 2 , and can have an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is greater than a volume on another side of the media pack by at least 10%. In another alternative arrangement for the filtration media pack, the 15 filtration media pack can have an average flute length of greater than about 4 inches, a flute width height ratio of greater than to 2.5 or less than 0.4, and an asymmetric volume arrangement so that the volume on one side of the media pack is greater than a volume on the other side of the media pack by at least 10%. In another alternative filtration media pack according to the present 20 invention, the filtration media pack can have an average flute length of greater than about 8 inches, a flute width height ratio of greater than 2.5 or a flute width height ratio of less than 0.4, and a non-asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is not greater than the volume on the other side of the media pack by, more than at least 10%. 25 The performance the filtration media pack can be improved by controlling the shape of the flutes. For example, the fluted media can have a single ridge extending along at least a portion of the flute between adjacent peaks. This flute shape can be referred to as "low contact." The fluted sheet can includes two ridges extending along at least a portion of the length of the flute between adjacent 30 peaks. This shape of the flute can be referred to as "zero strain" or "Y" shaped. The fluted sheet can be constructed to provide a repeating pattern of one, two, or more ridges extending along at least 50% of the fluted length between an internal peak 4 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 and an external peak. The repeating pattern can be provided between all adjacent peaks or between some repeating pattern that is less than all repeating peaks such as between every other repeating peak, between every third repeating peak, between every fourth repeating peak, etc. Portions of the fluted media need not include 5 ridges extending between adjacent peaks. Filter elements can be provided that includes the filtration media pack. The filter element includes a seal member extending around a periphery of the media pack. The seal member can include a seal surface constructed to engage a housing surface in a radially extending direction to provide a seal. Alternatively, the 10 seal member can include a seal surface constructed to engage a housing surface in an axially extending direction to provide a seal. The seal member can be attached directly to the media pack or attached indirectly (via another structure such as a seal support) to the media pack Methods for manufacturing a filtration media pack are provided. The 15 method can include stacking or rolling a plurality of layers of single facer media to form the filtration media pack. Methods for filtering a fluid are provided. The method can include feeding a fluid to one of a first face or a second face of a filtration media pack, and recovering fluid from the other of the first face or the second face of the filtration 20 media pack. The fluid that can be filtered by the filtration media pack includes gaseous substances and liquid substances. Exemplary gaseous substances that can be filtered includes air. Exemplary liquid substances that can be filtered include water, oil, fuel, and hydraulic fluid. 25 Brief Description of the Drawings Figure 1 is a fragmentary, schematic, perspective view of an exemplary z-filtration media according to the prior art. Figure 2 is an enlarged schematic, cross-sectional view of a portion of the prior art media depicted in Figure 1. 30 Figure 3 is a schematic view of various corrugated media definitions. Figures 4a-c are enlarged schematic, cross-sectional views of a portion of media illustrating width height ratio. 5 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 Figures 5a-c are enlarged schematic, cross-sectional views of a portion of media according to the present invention. Figure 6 is a photograph showing an end view of wound filtration media according to Figure 5a. 5 Figure 7 is a photograph showing a perspective view of dust loaded into the filtration media shown in Figure 6 wherein a portion of the fluted sheet is peeled back to reveal a dust cake. Figure 8 is a perspective view of a tapered fluted sheet of the media according to Figure 5b. 10 Figures 9a and 9b are sectional views of a tapered media according to Figures 5b and 5c. Figures 10a and 10b are enlarged schematic, cross-sectional views of a portion of volume asymmetric media according to the present invention. Figure 11 is a cross-sectional view of a flute after contact with an 15 inverter wheel and before contact with a folder wheel for closure of the flute. Figure 12 is a cross-sectional view of a flute taken along line 12-12 of Figure 11. Figure 13 is a cross-sectional view of a flute taken along line 13-13 of Figure 11. 20 Figure 14 is a cross-sectional view of a flute after contact with a folder wheel. Figure 15 is a cross-sectional view of a flute taken alone line 15-15 of Figure 14. Figure 16 is a cross-sectional view of a flute taken along line 16-16 of 25 Figure 14. Figure 17 is a cross-sectional view of a flute taken along line 17-17 of Figure 14. Figure 18 is an end view of a folded flute depicted in Figure 14. Figure 19 is a sectional view of an exemplary air cleaner that can 30 include a filter element containing the filtration media pack according to the present invention. Figure 20 is a partial, sectional view of a filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. 6 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 Figure 21 is a perspective view of a filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. Figure 22 is a perspective view of a filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. 5 Figure 23 is a bottom, perspective view of the filter element of Figure 22. Figure 24 is a side view of the sensor board of the filter element of Figures 22 and 23. Figure 25 is a partial, sectional view of a filter arrangement 10 containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. Figure 26 is a partial, sectional view of an cleaner having a filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. Figure 27 is a perspective view of an exemplary filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. 15 Figure 28 is a perspective view of an exemplary filter element containing a filtration media pack according to the present invention. Detailed Description Fluted Filtration Media Fluted filtration media can be used to provide fluid filter 20 constructions in a variety of manners. One well known manner is as a z-filter construction. The terms "z-filter construction" or "z-filter media" as used herein, is meant to refer to a filter element construction in which individual ones of corrugated, folded, pleated, or otherwise formed filter flutes are used to define longitudinal filter flutes for fluid flow through the media; the fluid flowing along the 25 flutes between inlet and outlet flow ends (or flow faces) of the filter element. Some examples of z-filter media filter elements are provided in U.S. Patent Nos. 5,820,646; 5,772,883; 5,902,364; 5,792,247; 5,895,574; 6,210,469; 6,190,432; 6,350,296; 6,179,890; 6,235,195; Des. 399,944; Des. 428,128; Des. 396,098; Des. 398,046; and, Des. 437,401; each of these fifteen cited references being incorporated 30 herein by reference. The fluid that can be filtered by the filtration media pack includes gaseous substance and liquid substances. Exemplary gaseous substances that can be 7 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 filtered includes air. Exemplary liquid substances that can be filtered include water, oil, fuel, and hydraulic fluid. A preferred type of fluid to be filtered by the filtration media pack includes air. In general, much of the discussion is directed at filtering air. It should be understood, however, that the filtration media pack can be used to 5 filter other gaseous substances and other liquid substances. One type of z-filter media utilizes two media components joined together to form the media construction. The two components are: (1) a fluted (for example, corrugated) media sheet; and, (2) a facing media sheet. The facing media sheet is typically non-corrugated, however it can be corrugated, for example 10 perpendicularly to the flute direction as described in International Publication No. WO 2005/077487, published August 25, 2005, incorporated herein by reference. Alternatively, the facing sheet can be a fluted (for example, corrugated) media sheet and the flutes or corrugations may be aligned with or at angles to the fluted media sheet. Although the facing media sheet can be fluted or corrugated, it can be 15 provided in a form that is not fluted or corrugated. Such a form can include a flat sheet. When the facing media sheet is not fluted, it can be referred to as a non-fluted media sheet or as a non-fluted sheet. The type of z-filter media that utilizes two media components joined together to form the media construction wherein the two components are a fluted 20 media sheet and a facing media sheet can be referred to as a "single facer media" or as a "single faced media." In certain z-filter media arrangements, the single facer media (the fluted media sheet and the facing media sheet), together, can be used to define media having parallel inlet and outlet flutes. In some instances, the fluted sheet and non-fluted sheet are secured together and are then coiled to form a z-filter 25 media construction. Such arrangements are described, for example, in U.S. Patent No. 6,235,195 and U.S. Patent No. 6,179,890, each of which is incorporated herein by reference. In certain other arrangements, some non-coiled sections of fluted media secured to flat media, are stacked on one another, to create a filter construction. An example of this is described in Fig. 11 of U.S. Patent No. 30 5,820,646, incorporated herein by reference. In general, arrangements where the z filter media is coiled can be referred to as coiled arrangements, and arrangements where the z-filter media is stacked can be referred to as stacked arrangements. Filter elements can be provided having coiled arrangements or stacked arrangements. 8 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 Typically, coiling of the fluted sheet/facing sheet combination (e.g., the single facer media) around itself, to create a coiled media pack, is conducted with the facing sheet directed outwardly. Some techniques for coiling are described in International Publication No. WO 2004/082795, published September 30, 2004, 5 incorporated herein by reference. The resulting coiled arrangement generally has, as the outer surface of the media pack, a portion of the facing sheet, as a result. If desired, the single facer media can be coiled so that the fluted sheet forms the outer surface of the media pack. The term "corrugated" used herein to refer to structure in media, is 10 meant to refer to a flute structure resulting from passing the media between two corrugation rollers, i.e., into a nip or bite between two rollers, each of which has surface features appropriate to cause a corrugation affect in the resulting media. The term "corrugation" is not meant to refer to flutes that are formed by techniques not involving passage of media into a bite between corrugation rollers. However, the 15 term "corrugated" is meant to apply even if the media is further modified or deformed after corrugation, for example by the folding techniques described in PCT WO 04/007054, published January 22, 2004, incorporated herein by reference. Corrugated media is a specific form of fluted media. Fluted media is media which has individual flutes (for example, formed by corrugating or folding or 20 pleating) extending thereacross. Fluted media can be prepared by any technique that provides the desired flute shapes. While corrugating can be a useful technique for forming flutes having a particular size. When it is desirable to increase the height of the flutes (the height is the elevation between peaks), corrugating techniques might not be practical and it may be desirable to fold or pleat the media. In general, 25 pleating of media can be provided as a result of folding the media. In general, forming flutes by pleating can be referred to as micropleating. An exemplary technique for folding the media to provide pleats includes scoring and using pressure to create the fold. Filter element or filter cartridge configurations utilizing z-filter media 30 are sometimes referred to as "straight through flow configurations" or by variants thereof. In general, in this context what is meant is that the serviceable filter elements generally have an inlet flow end (or face) and an exit flow end (or face), with flow entering and exiting the filter cartridge in generally the same straight 9 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 through direction. The term "straight through flow configuration" disregards, for this definition, air flow that passes out of the media pack through the outermost wrap of facing media. In some instances, each of the inlet flow end and outlet flow end can be generally flat or planar, with the two parallel to one another. However, 5 variations from this, for example non-planar faces, are possible in some applications. Furthermore, the characterization of an inlet flow face and an opposite exit flow face is not a requirement that the inlet flow face and the outlet flow face are parallel. The inlet flow face and the exit flow face can, if desired, be provided as parallel to each other. Alternatively, the inlet flow face and the outlet flow face can be provided at 10 an angle relative to each other so that the faces are not parallel. In addition, non planar faces can be considered non-parallel faces. A straight through flow configuration is, for example, in contrast to cylindrical pleated filter cartridges of the type shown in U.S. Patent No. 6,039,778, in which the flow generally makes a substantial turn as its passes through the 15 serviceable cartridge. That is, in a U.S. Patent No. 6,039,778 filter, the flow enters the cylindrical filter cartridge through a cylindrical side, and then turns to exit through an end face in a forward-flow system. In a reverse-flow system, the flow enters the serviceable cylindrical cartridge through an end face and then turns to exit through a side of the cylindrical filter cartridge. An example of such a reverse-flow 20 system is shown in U.S. Patent No. 5,613,992. The filter element or filter cartridge can be referred to as a serviceable filter element or filter cartridge. The term "serviceable" in this context is meant to refer to a media containing filter cartridge that is periodically removed and replaced from a corresponding air cleaner. An air cleaner that includes a serviceable filter 25 element or filter cartridge is constructed to provide for the removal and replacement of the filter element or filter cartridge. In general, the air cleaner can include a housing and an access cover wherein the access cover provides for the removal of a spent filter element and the insertion of a new or cleaned (reconditioned) filter element. 30 The term "z-filter media construction" and variants thereof as used herein, without more, is meant to refer to any or all of: a single facer media containing a fluted media sheet and a facing media sheet with appropriate closure to inhibit air flow from one flow face to another without filtering passage through the 10 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 filter media; and/or, a single facer media that is coiled or stacked or otherwise constructed or formed into a three dimensional network of flutes; and/or, a filter construction including a single facer media; and/or, a fluted media constructed or formed (e.g., by folding or pleating) into a three dimensional network of flutes. In 5 general, it is desirable to provide an appropriate flute closure arrangement to inhibit unfiltered air that flows in one side (or face) of the media from flowing out the other side (or face) of the media as part of the filtered air stream leaving the media. In many arrangements, the z-filter media construction is configured for the formation of a network of inlet and outlet flutes, inlet flutes being open at a region adjacent an 10 inlet face and being closed at a region adjacent an outlet face; and, outlet flutes being closed adjacent an inlet face and being open adjacent an outlet face. However, alternative z-filter media arrangements are possible, see for example U.S. 2006/0091084 Al, published May 4, 2006 to Baldwin Filters, Inc. also comprising flutes extending between opposite flow faces, with a seal arrangement to 15 prevent flow of unfiltered air through the media pack. In many z-filter constructions according to the invention, adhesive or sealant can be used to close the flutes and provide an appropriate seal arrangement to inhibit unfiltered air from flowing from one side of the media to the other side of the media. Plugs, folds of media, or a crushing of the media can be used as techniques to provide closure of flutes to 20 inhibit the flow of unfiltered air from one side of the media (face) to the other side of the media (face). An alternative z-filter construction can be provided utilizing a fluted media sheet. For example, the fluted media sheet can be folded to create closures at the inlet flow face and the exit flow face. An example of this type of arrangement 25 can be seen in, for example, U.S. 2006/0151383 to AAF-McQuay Inc. and WO 2006/132717 to Fleetguard, Inc., that describe fluted media having folds or bends perpendicular to the flute direction to seal the ends of the flutes. Referring to Figure 1, an exemplary type of media 1 useable as z filter media is shown. Although the media 1 is representative of prior art media, 30 many of the terms relied upon for describing the media 1 can also describe portions of the media according to the invention. The media 1 is formed from a fluted (in the example corrugated) sheet 3 and a facing sheet 4. In general, the fluted corrugated sheet 3 is of a type generally characterized herein as having a regular, curved, wave 11 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 pattern of flutes or corrugations 7. The term "wave pattern" in this context, is meant to refer to a flute or corrugated pattern of alternating troughs 7b and hills 7a. The term "regular" in this context is meant to refer to the fact that the pairs of troughs and hills (7b, 7a) alternate with generally the same repeating corrugation (or flute) 5 shape and size. (Also, typically in a regular configuration each trough 7b is substantially an inverse of each hill 7a.) The term "regular" is thus meant to indicate that the corrugation (or flute) pattern comprises troughs and hills with each pair (comprising an adjacent trough and hill) repeating, without substantial modification in size and shape of the corrugations along at least 70% of the length of the flutes. 10 The term "substantial" in this context, refers to a modification resulting from a change in the process or form used to create the corrugated or fluted sheet, as opposed to minor variations from the fact that the media sheet forming the fluted sheet 3 is flexible. With respect to the characterization of a repeating pattern, it is not meant that in any given filter construction, an equal number of hills and troughs 15 is necessarily present. The media 1 could be terminated, for example, between a pair comprising a hill and a trough, or partially along a pair comprising a hill and a trough. (For example, in Fig. 1 the media 2 depicted in fragmentary has eight complete hills 7a and seven complete troughs 7b.) Also, the opposite flute ends (ends of the troughs and hills) may vary from one another. Such variations in ends 20 are disregarded in these definitions, unless specifically stated. That is, variations in the ends of flutes are intended to be covered by the above definitions. In the context of fluted filtration media, and in particular the exemplary media 1, the troughs 7b and hills 7a can be characterized as peaks. That is, the highest point of the hills 7a can be characterized as peaks and the lowest 25 points of the troughs 7b can be characterized as peaks. The combination of the fluted sheet 3 and the facing sheet 4 can be referred to as the single facer media 5. The peaks formed at the troughs 7b can be referred to as internal peaks because they face toward the facing sheet 3 of the single facer media 5. The peaks formed at the hills 7a can be characterized as external peaks because they face away from the 30 facing sheet 3 forming the single facer media 5. For the single facer media 5, the fluted sheet 3 includes repeating internal peaks at 7b that face toward the facing sheet 4, and repeating external peaks at 7a that face away from the facing sheet 4. 12 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The term "regular" when used to characterize a flute pattern is not intended to characterize media that can be considered "tapered." In general, a taper refers to a reduction or an increase in the size of the flute along a length of the flute. In general, filtration media that is tapered can exhibit a first set of flutes that 5 decrease in size from a first end of the media to a second end of the media, and a second set of flutes that increase in size from the first end of the media to the second end of the media. In general, a tapered pattern is not considered a regular pattern. It should be understood, however, that z-media can contain regions that are considered regular and regions that are considered non-regular along the flute length. For 10 example, a first set of flutes may be considered regular along a distance of the flute length, such as, one quarter the distance to three quarters the distance, and then for the remaining amount of the flute length can be considered non-regular as a result of the presence of a taper. Another possible flute configuration is to have a tapered regular-tapered arrangement where, for example, a flute tapers from a first face to a 15 pre-selected location, the flute then can be considered regular until a second pre determined location, and then the flute tapers to the second face. Another alternative arrangement can be provided as a regular-taper-regular arrangement, or as a regular taper arrangement. Various alternative arrangements can be constructed as desired. In the context of z-media, there are generally two types of 20 "asymmetry." One type of asymmetry is referred to as area asymmetry, and the other type of asymmetry is referred to volume asymmetry. In general, area asymmetry refers to an asymmetry in flute cross-sectional area, and can be exhibited by tapered flutes. For example, area asymmetry exists if a fluted area at one location along the length of a flute is different from the fluted area at another location along 25 the length of the flute. Because tapered flutes exhibit a decrease in size from a first location (e.g., end) to a second location (e.g., end) of the media pack or an increase in size from a first location (e.g., end) to a second location (e.g., end) of the media pack, there is an area asymmetry. This asymmetry (area asymmetry) is a type of asymmetry resulting from tapering and, as a result, media having this type of 30 asymmetry can be referred to as non-regular. Another type of asymmetry can be referred to as volumetric asymmetry and will be explained in more detail. Volumetric asymmetry refers to a difference between a dirty side volume and a clean side volume within the filter media pack. Media exhibiting volume 13 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 asymmetry can be characterized as regular if the wave pattern is regular, and the media can be characterized as non-regular if the wave pattern is non-regular. Z-media can be provided where at least a portion of the flutes are closed to the passage of unfiltered air by a technique other than providing a plug of 5 adhesive or sealant. For example, the ends of flutes can be folded or crushed to provide a closure. One technique for providing a regular and consistent fold pattern for closing flutes can be referred to as darting. Darted flutes or darting generally refers to the closure of a flute wherein the closure occurs by folding the flute to create a regular fold pattern to collapse the flutes toward the facing sheet to provide 10 a closure rather than by crushing. Darting generally implies a systematic approach to closing the ends of flutes as a result of folding portions of the flute so that the flute closures are generally consistent and controlled. For example, U.S. Patent Publication No. US 2006/0163150 Al discloses flutes having a darted configuration at the ends of the flutes. The darted configuration can provide advantages including, 15 for example, a reduction in the amount of sealant needed to provide a seal, an increased security in the effectiveness of the seal, and a desirable flow pattern over the darted end of the flutes. Z-media can include flutes having darted ends, and the entire disclosure of U.S. Patent Publication No. US 2006/0163150 Al is incorporated herein by reference. It should be understood that the existence of darts 20 at the ends of flutes does not render the media non-regular. In the context of the characterization of a "curved" wave pattern, the term "curved" is meant to refer to a pattern that is not the result of a folded or creased shape provided to the media, but rather the apex of each hill 7a and the bottom of each trough 7b is formed along a radiused curve. Although alternatives 25 are possible, a typical radius for such z-filter media would be at least 0.25 mm and typically would be not more than 3 mm. Media that is not curved, by the above definition, can also be useable. For example, it can be desirable to provide peaks having a radius that is sufficiently sharp so that it is not considered "curved." In general, if the radius is less than 0.25 mm, or less than 0.20 mm, the ridge or bottom 30 can be characterized as bent, folded, or creased. In order to reduce masking, it can be desirable to provide a peak with a knife edge. The ability to provide a knife edge at the peak can be limited by the equipment used to form the media, the media itself, and the conditions under which the media is subjected. For example, it is desirable 14 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 to not cut or tear the media. Accordingly, using a knife edge to create the peak can be undesirable if the knife edge causes a cut or tear in the media. Furthermore, the media can be too light or too heavy to provide a sufficiently non-curved peak without cutting or tearing. Furthermore, the humidity of the air during processing 5 can be enhanced to help create a tighter radius when forming the peak. An additional characteristic of the particular regular, curved, wave pattern depicted in Fig. 1, for the corrugated sheet 3, is that at approximately a midpoint 30 between each trough 7b and each adjacent hill 7a, along most of the length of the flutes 7, is located a transition region where the curvature inverts. For 10 example, viewing back side or face 3a, Fig. 1, trough 7b is a concave region, and hill 7a is a convex region. Of course when viewed toward front side or face 3b, trough 7b of side 3a forms a hill; and, hill 7a of face 3a, forms a trough. In some instances, region 30 can be a straight segment, instead of a point, with curvature inverting at ends of the segment 30. When the region 30 is provided as a straight segment, the 15 wave pattern depicted in Fig. 1, for example, can be characterized as an "arc straight-arc" wave pattern because of the repeating pattern of curve at the hill 7a, straight segment at the region 30, and curve at the trough 7b. A characteristic of the particular regular, curved, wave pattern corrugated sheet 3 shown in Fig. 1, is that the individual corrugations are generally 20 straight. By "straight" in this context, it is meant that through at least 50% and preferably at least 70% (typically at least 80%) of the length between edges 8 and 9, the hills 7a and troughs 7b do not change substantially in cross-section. The term "straight" in reference to corrugation pattern shown in Fig. 1, in part distinguishes the pattern from the tapered flutes of corrugated media described in Fig. 1 of WO 25 97/40918 and PCT Publication WO 03/47722, published June 12, 2003, incorporated herein by reference. The tapered flutes of Fig. 1 of WO 97/40918, for example, would be a curved wave pattern, but not a "regular" pattern, or a pattern of straight flutes, as the terms are used herein. Referring to Fig. 1 and as referenced above, the media 2 has first and 30 second opposite edges 8 and 9. For the example shown, when the media 2 is coiled and formed into a media pack, in general edge 9 will form an inlet end for the media pack and edge 8 an outlet end, although an opposite orientation is possible in some applications. 15 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 In the example shown, adjacent edge 8 is provided sealant, in this instance in the form of a sealant bead 10, sealing the fluted sheet 3 and the facing sheet 4 together. Bead 10 will sometimes be referred to as a "single facer" bead, since it is a bead between the corrugated sheet 3 and the facing sheet 4, which forms 5 the single facer media 5. Sealant bead 10 seals closed individual flutes 11 adjacent edge 8, to passage of air therefrom. In the example shown, at adjacent edge 9 is provided sealant, in this instance in the form of a sealant bead 14. Sealant bead 14 generally closes flutes 15 to passage of unfiltered fluid therein, adjacent edge 9. Bead 14 would typically be 10 applied as the media 2 is coiled about itself, with the corrugated sheet 3 directed to the inside. Thus, bead 14 will form a seal between a back side 17 of facing sheet 4, and side 18 of the fluted sheet 3. The bead 14 will sometimes be referred to as a "winding bead" since it is typically applied, as the strip 2 is coiled into a coiled media pack. If the media 2 is cut in strips and stacked, instead of coiled, bead 14 15 would be a "stacking bead." Referring to Fig. 1, once the media 1 is incorporated into a media pack, for example by coiling or stacking, it can be operated as follows. First, air in the direction of arrows 12, would enter open flutes 11 adjacent end 9. Due to the closure at end 8, by bead 10, the air would pass through the media shown by arrows 20 13. It could then exit the media pack, by passage through open ends 15a of the flutes 15, adjacent end 8 of the media pack. Of course operation could be conducted with air flow in the opposite direction. In more general terms, a z-filter media pack can be characterized as comprising fluted filter media secured to facing filter media, and configured in a 25 media pack of flutes extending between first and second flow faces. A sealant or seal arrangement is provided within the media pack, to ensure that air entering flutes at a first upstream flow face or edge cannot exit the media pack from a downstream flow face or edge, without filtering passage through the media. Alternately stated, a z-filter media pack is closed to passage of unfiltered air therethrough, between the 30 inlet flow face and the outlet flow face, typically by a sealant arrangement or other arrangement. An additional alternative characterization of this is that a first portion of the flutes are closed or sealed to prevent unfiltered air from flowing into the first portion of flutes, and a second portion of the flutes are closed or sealed to prevent 16 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 unfiltered air from flowing out of the second portion of flutes so that air passing into one of the first face or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the air. 5 For the particular arrangement shown herein in Fig. 1, the parallel corrugations 7a, 7b are generally straight completely across the media, from edge 8 to edge 9. Straight flutes or corrugations can be deformed or folded at selected locations, especially at ends. Modifications at flute ends for closure are generally disregarded in the above definitions of "regular," "curved," and "wave pattern." 10 In general, the filter media is a relatively flexible material, typically a non-woven fibrous material (of cellulose fibers, synthetic fibers or both) often including a resin therein, sometimes treated with additional materials. Thus, it can be conformed or configured into the various fluted, for example corrugated, patterns, without unacceptable media damage. Also, it can be readily coiled or otherwise 15 configured for use, again without unacceptable media damage. Of course, it must be of a nature such that it will maintain the required fluted (for example corrugated) configuration, during use. In the corrugation or fluting process, an inelastic deformation is caused to the media. This prevents the media from returning to its original shape. 20 However, once the tension is released the flutes or corrugations will tend to spring back, recovering only a portion of the stretch and bending that has occurred. The facing sheet is sometimes tacked to the fluted sheet, to inhibit this spring back in the fluted (or corrugated) sheet. Also, the media can contain a resin. During the corrugation process, 25 the media can be heated to above the glass transition point of the resin. When the resin cools, it will help to maintain the fluted shapes. The media of the fluted sheet 3, facing sheet 4 or both, can be provided with a fine fiber material on one or both sides thereof, for example in accord with U.S. Patent Nos. 6,955,775, 6,673,136, and 7,270,693, incorporated 30 herein by reference. In general, fine fiber can be referred to as polymer fine fiber (microfiber and nanofiber) and can be provided on the media to improve filtration performance. As a result of the presence of fine fiber on the media, it may be possible or desirable to provide media having a reduced weight or thickness while 17 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 obtaining desired filtration properties. Accordingly, the presence of fine fiber on media can provide enhanced filtration properties, provide for the use of thinner media, or both. Fiber characterized as fine fiber can have a diameter of about 0.001 micron to about 10 microns, about 0.005 micron to about 5 microns, or about 0.01 5 micron to about 0.5 micron. Nanofiber refers to a fiber having a diameter of less than 200 nanometer or 0.2 micron. Microfiber can refer to fiber having a diameter larger than 0.2 micron, but not larger than 10 microns. Exemplary materials that can be used to form the fine fibers include polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl alcohol polymers and co-polymers comprising various nylons such as nylon 6, nylon 4,6, 10 nylon 6,6, nylon 6,10, and co-polymers thereof, polyvinyl chloride, PVDC, polystyrene, polyacrylonitrile, PMMA, PVDF, polyamides, and mixtures thereof. Still referring to Fig. 1, at 20 tack beads are shown positioned between the fluted sheet 3 and facing sheet 4, securing the two together. The tack beads 20 can be for example, discontinuous lines of adhesive. The tack beads can 15 also be points in which the media sheets are welded together. From the above, it will be apparent that the exemplary fluted sheet 3 depicted is typically not secured continuously to the facing sheet, along the troughs or hills where the two adjoin. Thus, air can flow between adjacent inlet flutes, and alternately between the adjacent outlet flutes, without passage through the media. 20 However, unfiltered air which has entered a flute through the inlet flow face cannot exit from a flute through the outlet flow face without passing through at least one sheet of media, with filtering. Attention is now directed to Figure 2, in which a z-filter media construction 40 utilizing a fluted (in this instance regular, curved, wave pattern) 25 sheet 43, and a non-corrugated flat, facing sheet 44, is depicted. The distance D1, between points 50 and 51, defines the extension of flat media 44 in region 52 underneath a given flute 53. The points 50 and 51 are provided as the center point of the internal peaks 46 and 48 of the fluted sheet 43. In addition, the point 45 can be characterized as the center point of the external peak 49 of the fluted sheet 43. 30 The distance D1 defines the period length or interval of the media construction 40. The length D2 defines the arcuate media length for the flute 53, over the same distance D1, and is of course larger than D1 due to the shape of the flute 53. For a typical regular shaped media used in fluted filter applications according to the prior 18 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 art, the ratio of the lengths D2 to D1 is typically within a range of 1.2 - 2.0, inclusive. An exemplary arrangement common for air filters has a configuration in which D2 is about 1.25 x D1 to about 1.35 x D1. Such media has, for example, been used commercially in Donaldson PowercoreTM Z-filter arrangements having a 5 regular, curved, wave pattern. Herein the ratio D2/D1 will sometimes be characterized as the flute/flat ratio or the media draw for the media. The flute height J is the distance from the facing sheet 44 to the highest point of the fluted sheet 43. Alternatively stated, the flute height J is the difference in exterior elevation between alternating peaks 57 and 58 of the fluted 10 sheet 43. The flute height J takes into account the thickness of the fluted sheet 43. The peak 57 can be referred to as the internal peak (the peak directed toward the facing sheet 44), and the peak 58 can be referred to as the external peak (the peak directed away from the facing sheet 44). Although the distances D1, D2, and J are applied to the specific fluted media arrangement shown in Figure 2, these distances 15 can be applied to other configurations of fluted media where D1 refers to the period length of a flute or the distance of flat media underneath a given flute, D2 refers to the length of fluted media from lower peak to lower peak, and J refers to the flute height. Another measurement can be referred to as the cord length (CL). The 20 cord length refers to the straight line distance from the center point 50 of the lower peak 57 and the center point 45 of the upper peak 58. The thickness of the media and the decision where to begin or end a particular distance measurement can affect the distance value because the media thickness affects the distance value. For example, the cord length (CL) can have different values depending upon whether the 25 distance is measured from the bottom of the internal peak to the bottom of the external peak or whether it is measured from the bottom of the internal peak to the top of the external peak. This difference in distance is an example of how the media thickness effects the distance measurement. In order to minimize the effect of the thickness of the media, the measurement for cord length is determined from a center 30 point within the media. The relationship between the cord length CL and the media length D2 can be characterized as a media-cord percentage. The media-cord percentage can be determined according to the following formula: 19 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 media-cord percentage = (% D2 - CL) x 100 CL In the corrugated cardboard industry, various standard flutes have been defined. These include, for example, the standard E flute, standard X flute, standard B flute, standard C flute, and standard A flute. Figure 3, attached, in 5 combination with Table 1 below provides definitions of these flutes. Donaldson Company, Inc., (DCI) the assignee of the present disclosure, has used variations of the standard A and standard B flutes, in a variety of z-filter arrangements. The DCI standard B flute can have a media-cord percentage of about 3.6%. The DCI standard A flute can have a media-cord 10 percentage of about 6.3. Various flutes are also defined in Table 1 and Fig. 3. Figure 2 shows a z-filter media construction 40 utilizing the standard B flute as the fluted sheet 43. Table 1 15 (Flute definitions for Fig. 3) DCI A Flute: Flute/flat = 1.52:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1000 = .0675 inch (1.715 mm); R1001 = .0581 inch (1.476 mm); 20 R1002 = .0575 inch (1.461 mm); R1003 = .0681 inch (1.730 mm); DCI B Flute: Flute/flat = 1.32:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1004= .0600 inch (1.524 mm); R1005 = .0520 inch (1.321 mm); R1006 = .0500 inch (1.270 mm); R1007 = .0620 inch (1.575 mm); 25 Std. E Flute: Flute/flat = 1.24:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1008 = .0200 inch (.508 mm); R1009 = .0300 inch (.762 mm); R1010 = .0100 inch (.254 mm); R1011 = .0400 inch (1.016 mm); 30 Std. X Flute: Flute/flat = 1.29:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1012 = .0250 inch (.635 mm); R1013 = .0150 inch (.381 mm); Std. B Flute: Flute/flat = 1.29:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1014 = .0410 inch (1.041 mm); R1015 = .0310 inch (.7874 mm); 35 R1016 = .0310 inch (.7874 mm); Std. C Flute: Flute/flat = 1.46:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1017 = .0720 inch (1.829 mm); R1018 = .0620 inch (1.575 mm); 40 Std. A Flute: Flute/flat = 1.53:1; The Radii (R) are as follows: R1019 = .0720 inch (1.829 mm); R1020 = .0620 inch (1.575 mm). 20 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 In general, standard flute configurations from the corrugated box industry have been used to define corrugation shapes or approximate corrugation shapes for corrugated media. Improved performance of filtration media can be achieved by providing a flute configuration or structure that enhances filtration. In 5 the corrugated box board industry, the size of the flutes or the geometry of the corrugation was selected to provide a structure suited for handling a load. The flute geometry in the corrugated box industry developed the standard A flute or B flute configuration. While such flute configurations can be desirable for handling a load, filtration performance can be enhanced by altering the flute geometry. Techniques 10 for improving filtration performance include selecting geometries and configurations that improve filtration performance in general, and that improve filtration performance under selected filtration conditions. Exemplary flute geometries and configurations that can be altered to improve filtration performance include flute masking, flute shape, flute width height ratio, and flute asymmetry. In view of the 15 wide selection of flute geometries and configurations, the filter element can be configured with desired filter element geometries and configurations in view of the various flute geometries and configurations to improve filtration performance. Masking 20 In the context of z-media, masking refers to the area of proximity between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet where there is a lack of substantial pressure difference resulting in a lack of useful filtration media when the filtration media is in use. In general, masked media is not useful for significantly enhancing the filtration performance of filtration media. Accordingly, it is desirable to reduce 25 masking to thereby increase the amount of filtration media available for filtration and thereby increase the capacity of the filtration media, increase the throughput of the filtration media, decrease the pressure drop of the filtration media, or some or all of these. In the case of a fluted sheet arranged in a pattern with broad radii at 30 the peaks as shown in Figure 2, there exists a relatively large area of filtration media proximate the contact area of the fluted sheet and the facing sheets that is generally not available for filtration. Masking can be reduced by decreasing the radii of the peak or contact point between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet (e.g., providing 21 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 sharper contact points). Masking generally takes into account the deflection of the media when it is under pressure (e.g., during filtration). A relatively large radius may result in more of the fluted media being deflected toward the facing sheet and thereby increasing masking. By providing a sharper peak or contact point (e.g., a 5 smaller radius), masking can be reduced. Attempts have been made to reduce the radii of contact between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet. For example, see U.S. Patent No. 6,953,124 to Winter et al. An example of reducing the radii is shown in Figure 4a where the fluted sheet 70 contacts the facing sheets 72 and 73 at relatively sharp peaks or 10 contact points 74 and 75 in the fluted sheet 70. A curved wave pattern such as the curved wave pattern shown in Figure 1 generally provides a fluted sheet having a radius at the peaks of at least 0.25 mm and typically not more than 3 mm. A relatively sharp peak or contact point can be characterized as a peak having a radius of less than 0.25 mm. Preferably, the relatively sharp peak or contact peak point can 15 be provided having a radius of less than about 0.20 mm. In addition, masking can be reduced by providing a peak having a radius of less than about 0.15 mm, and preferably less than about 0.10 mm. The peak can be provided having no radius or essentially a radius of about 0 mm. Exemplary techniques for providing fluted media exhibiting relatively sharp peaks or contact points includes coining, bending, 20 folding, or creasing the fluted media in a manner sufficient to provide a relatively sharp edge. It should be understood that the ability to provide a sharp edge depends on a number of factors including the composition of the media itself and the processing equipment used for providing coining, bending, folding, or creasing. In general, the ability to provide a relatively sharp contact point depends on the weight 25 of the media and whether the media contains fibers that resist tearing or cutting. In general, it is desirable to not cut the filtration media during coining, bending, folding, or creasing. While it is desirable to reduce the radius of the peak (internal peak or external peak) to reduce masking, it is not necessary that all of the peaks have a 30 reduced radius to decrease masking. Reduced masking, and enhanced filtration performance, can be achieved by providing at least some of the peaks (e.g., at least about 20% of the peaks) with a relatively sharp peak or contact point. Furthermore, depending on the design of the media, the external peaks can be provided with a 22 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 reduced radius or the internal peaks can be provided with a reduced radius, or both the external peaks and the internal peaks can be provided with a reduced radius in order to decrease masking. 5 Increasing the Surface Area of Media Filtration performance can be enhanced by increasing the amount of filtration media available for filtration. Reducing masking can be considered a technique for increasing the surface area of media available for filtration. Now referring to Figure 4a, the fluted sheet 70 can be considered to 10 provide flutes having a cross-section resembling an equilateral triangle. Because the media is flexible, it is expected that when the media is subjected to pressure such as during filtration, the fluted sheet 70 may deflect. In addition, the fluted sheet 43 in Figure 2 can be considered to have flutes resembling a triangular shape. In general, fluted media where the flutes resemble equilateral triangles generally provides the 15 least amount of media available for filtration compared with other flute designs where the period length or interval Dl is increased or decreased, or the flute height J is increased or decreased, relative to the other. Now referring to Figures 4b and 4c, Figure 4b refers to media where the fluted sheet 80 extends between the facing sheets 82 and 83. Figure 4c shows 20 media where the fluted sheet 90 extends between the facing sheets 92 and 93. The fluted sheet 80 is shown having a longer flute period D1 than the fluted sheet 70 in Figure 4a. The fluted sheet 80 is provided having a relatively long period D1 relative to the flute height J compared with the media configuration shown in Figure 4a. Now referring to Figure 4c, the fluted sheet 90 is shown having a shorter flute 25 period D1 than the fluted sheet 70 in Figure 4a. The fluted sheet 90 is shown having a relatively large flute height J relative to the period D1 compared with the media configuration shown in Figure 4a. The configuration of the fluted media can be characterized by the flute width height ratio. The flute width height ratio is the ratio of the flute period 30 length D1 to the flute height J. The flute width height ratio can be expressed by the following formula: flute width height ratio = D1 J 23 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 Measured distances such as flute period length Dl and the flute height J can be characterized as average values for the filtration media along the flute length excluding 20% of the flute length at each end. The distances can be measured away 5 from the ends of the flutes. It is typically the ends of the flutes that have a sealant or closure. The flute width height ratio calculated at a flute closure would not necessarily represent the flute width height ratio of the flute where the filtration is taking place. Accordingly, the measure of flute width height ratio can be provided as an average value over the flute length with the exception of the last 20% of the 10 flute length near the ends of the flutes to remove the effects of flute closure when the flutes are closed at or near the ends. For "regular" media, it is expected that the flute period length D1 and the flute height J will be relatively constant along the flute length. By relatively constant, it is meant that the flute width height ratio can vary within about 10% over the length of the flute excluding the 20% length at each end 15 where flute closure designs may effect the width height ratio. In addition, in the case of a "non-regular" media, such as, media having tapered flutes, the flute width height ratio can vary or remain about the same over the length of the flute. By adjusting the flute shape away from a theoretical equilateral triangle shape, the amount of media in a given volume available for filtration can be increased. 20 Accordingly, flutes having a flute width height ratio of at least about 2.2, at least about 2.5, at least about 2.7, or at least about 3.0 can provide an increased surface area of media available for filtration. In addition, providing a flute design having a width height ratio of less than about 0.45, less than about 0.40, less than about 0.37, or less than about 0.33 can provide increased media area available for filtration. In 25 general, a theoretical flute having a equilateral triangle shape represents a flute width height ratio of about 1.6. Another technique for increasing the amount of filtration media available for filtration includes increasing the flute density of the media pack. The flute density refers to the number of flutes per cross-sectional area of filtration media 30 in a filtration media pack. The flute density depends on a number of factors including the flute height J, the flute period D1, and the media thickness T. The flute density can be characterized as a media pack flute density or as a single facer 24 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 media flute density. The equation for calculating the media pack flute density (p) for a filter element is: number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area 5 The flute density of a filter element can be calculated by counting the number of channels including those channels that are open and those channels that are closed in a cross sectional area of the filter element, and dividing that by two times the cross sectional area of the filter element at the location where the number of channels was determined. In general, it is expected that the flute density will remain relatively 10 constant across the length of the filter element from the inlet flow face to the outlet flow face, or vice versa. It should be understood that the z-media cross sectional are refers to the cross sectional area of the media (wound or stacked) and not necessarily to the cross sectional area of the filter element. The filter element may have a sheath or a seal intended to engage a housing that would provide the filter element with a 15 cross-sectional area that is greater than the cross-sectional area of the media. Furthermore, the cross-sectional area of the media refers to the effective area. That is, if the media is wound around a core or mandrel, the cross-sectional area of the core or mandrel is not part of the z-media pack cross-sectional area. Furthermore, the number of channels refers to the number of channels in the effective area. 20 An alternative equation for the calculation of flute density (p ) for a single facer media is: 1 (JQ+ T) xD1 In the equation for flute density per single facer media, J is the flute height, D1 is the flute period length, and T is the thickness of the fluted sheet. This alternate equation 25 can be referred to as the equation for calculating the single facer media flute density. The single facer media flute density is determined based upon the configuration of the single facer media. In contrast, the media pack flute density is determined based upon the assembled media pack Theoretically, the media pack flute density and the single facer media 30 flute density should provide similar results. However, it is possible that the media 25 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 pack may be configured in such a way that the media pack flute density and the single facer media flute density provide different results. The standard B flute shown in Figures 2 and 3 and characterized in Table 1 provides a coiled filtration media having a flute density (media pack flute 5 density and single facer media flute density) of about 34 flute/inch 2 . The media pack formed from standard B flute media can be characterized as having an average flute density of about 34 flute/inch 2 . The flute density (whether expressed as the media pack flute density or the single facer media flute density) can be considered an average flute density for the media pack unless stated otherwise. The flute 10 density, therefore, may be referred to at times as the flute density and at other times as the average flute density. In general, increasing the average flute density refers to providing a media pack having a flute density greater than the flute density for standard B flute media. For example, increased flute density can refer to a media pack having a flute density greater than 35.0 flute/inch 2 . The media pack can be 15 provided having a flute density of greater than about 36 flute/inch 2 , greater than about 38 flute/inch 2 , greater than about 40 flute/inch 2 , greater than 45 flute/inch 2 , or greater than about 50 flute/inch2. The media pack can be provided having a decreased flute density (compared with standard B media) to provide decreased pressure drop or less resistance to flow therethrough. For example, the media pack 20 can be provided having a media pack flute density of less than 34.0 flute/inch 2 , less than about 30 flute/inch 2 , or less than about 25 flute/inch 2 . In general, providing media having increased flute density has a tendency to increase the surface area of media within a volume of the media and, therefore, has a tendency to increase the loading capacity of the filtration media. Accordingly, 25 increasing the flute density of media can have the effect of enhancing the loading capacity of the media. However, increasing the flute density of media can have the effect of increasing the pressure drop through the media assuming other factors remain constant. Furthermore, decreasing the flute density for filtration media can have the effect of decreasing initial pressure drop. 30 Increasing the flute density of filtration media has the effect of decreasing the flute height (J) or the flute period length (D1), or both. As a result, the size of the flute (the size of the flute refers to cross sectional area of the flute) tends to decrease as flute density increases. As a result, smaller flute sizes have the 26 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 effect of increasing the pressure drop across the filtration media. In general, the reference to a pressure drop across the media refers to the pressure differential determined at a first face of the media relative to the pressure measured at second face of the media, wherein the first face and the second face are provided at 5 generally opposite ends of a flute. In order to provide a filtration media having a relatively high flute density while retaining a desired pressure drop, the flute length can be decreased. The flute length refers to the distance from the first face of the filtration media to the second face of the filtration media. In the case of filtration media useful for filtering air for combustion engines, short length flutes can be 10 characterized as those flutes having a flute length of less than about 5 inches (e.g., about 1 inch to about 5 inches, or about 2 inches to about 4 inches). Medium length flutes can be characterized as those flutes having a length of about 5 inches to about 8 inches. Long length flutes can be characterized as those flutes having a flute length of greater than about 8 inches (e.g., about 8 inches to about 12 inches). 15 Flute Shape Another technique for increasing the amount of filtration media available for filtration within a media pack includes selecting a flute shape that provides for an increased amount of filtration media available for filtration 20 compared with standard flute designs such as those described in Table 1. One technique for providing a flute shape that increases the amount of filtration media available for a filtration is by creating a ridge between adjacent peaks. As discussed previously, adjacent peaks can be characterized as an internal peak and an external peak depending upon whether the peak is facing toward the facing sheet or away 25 from the facing sheet. Figures 5a-c show representative exemplary flute shapes for enhancing filtration performance. The flute shape shown in Figure 5a can be referred to as a "low contact" flute shape. The flute shapes shown in Figure 5b and 5c can be referred to as a "zero strain" flute shapes. In general, the "low contact" name refers to the ability of the flute shape to enhance the amount of fluted media 30 sheet between the facing media sheets while reducing the amount of contact (e.g., masking) between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet compared with standard A and B fluted media. The "zero strain" name refers to the ability of the flute shape to provide a taper along a length of the flutes without inducing an undesired level of 27 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 PAGE BLANK 28 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 In Figure 5a, the distance D1 is measured from the center point of the internal peak 114 to the center point of the external peak 116. The fluted media 110 is shown having two ridges 118 for each period length D1, or along the media length D2. The ridges 118 are provided extending along at least a portion of the length of 5 the flute. In general, each ridge 118 can be characterized as a general area where a relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 11 8a joins a relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 118b. A ridge (e.g., a non-peak ridge) can be considered a line of intersection between differently sloped media portions. A ridge can be formed as a result of deformation of the media at that location. The media can be deformed at 10 the ridge as a result of applying pressure to the media. Techniques for forming the ridge include coining, creasing, bending, and folding. Preferably, the ridge can be provided as a result of coining during a corrugation process where the corrugation rolls apply pressure to the media to form the ridge. An exemplary technique for forming the fluted sheet and the single spacer media is described in U.S. Application 15 Serial No. 61/025,999 that was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on February 4, 2008. The entire disclosure of U.S. Application Serial No. 61/025,999 is incorporated herein by reference. It is recognized that a peak can be referred to as a ridge. In the context of this disclosure, however, the reference to a "ridge" can be seen from context to refer to a "non-peak ridge" when the ridge is 20 clearly provided between peaks. For the exemplary fluted sheet 112, the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 118a can be seen in Figure 5a as the portion of the fluted media extending between the external peak 115 and the ridge 118. The average angle of the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 11 8a from the external peak 115 to 25 the ridge 118 can be characterized as less than 450, and can be provided as less than about 30* relative to the facing sheet 113. The relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 11 8b can be characterized as that portion of the media extending from the internal peak 116 to the ridge 118. In general, the angle of the relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 11 8b, as characterized as extending between the internal 30 peak 116 and the ridge 118, can be greater than 45* and can be greater than about 60* relative to the facing sheet 113. It is the difference in angle between the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 118a and the relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 11 8b that can characterize the presence of the ridge 118. It 29 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 should be understood that the angle of the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 11 8a and angle of the relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 11 8b can be determined as the average angle between the points that form the end points of the section of the media, and the angle is measured from the facing sheet. 5 The ridge 118 can be provided as a result of coining, creasing, bending, or folding along a length of the fluted sheet 112 during the formation of the fluted media 12. It may be desirable, but it is not necessary, during the step of forming the fluted media 112 to take the steps to set the ridge 118. For example, the ridge 118 can be set by heat treatment or moisture treatment or a combination 10 thereof. In addition, the ridge 118 can exist as a result of coining, creasing, bending, or folding to form the ridge without an additional step of setting the ridge. Furthermore, the characterization of a ridge 118 is not to be confused with the fluted sheet external peaks 115 or 119 and the fluted sheet internal peaks 116 or 114. The characterization of a generally flatter portion 11 8a and a generally steeper portion 15 11 8b is intended as a way to characterize the presence of a ridge. In general, it is expected that the flatter portion 11 8a and the steeper portion 11 8b will exhibit a curve. That is, it is expected that the flatter portion 11 8a and the steeper portion 11 8b will not be completely planar, particularly as fluids such as air flows through the media during filtration. Nevertheless, the angle of the media can be measured 20 from the ridge to the corresponding, adjacent peak to provide the average angle of that portion of the media. The shape of the media depicted in Figure 5a can be referred to as a low contact shape. In general, the low contact shape refers to the relatively low area of contact between the fluted sheet 112 and the facing sheet 111. The presence of 25 the ridge 118 helps provide for reduced masking at the peaks 115 and 119. The ridge 118 exists as a result of deforming the fluted sheet 112 and, as a result, reduces the internal stress on the media at the peaks 115 and 119. Without the presence of the ridge 118, there would likely exist a level of internal tension in the fluted sheet 112 that would cause the fluted sheet 112 to create a greater radius at the peaks 115 30 and 119, and thereby increase masking. As a result, the presence of the ridge 118 helps increase the amount of media present between adjacent peaks (e.g., peaks 115 and 114) and helps decrease the radius of a peak (e.g., peak 115) as a result of 30 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 relieving, to a certain extent, the tension within the fluted sheet 112 that would cause it to expand or flatten out at the peaks in the absence of the ridge. The presence of a ridge 118 can be detected by visual observation. Figure 6 shows a photograph of an end view of a filter element wherein the fluted 5 media can be characterized as having the low contact shape. While the presence of the low contact shape may not be particularly apparent from viewing the end of the fluted media, one can cut into the filter element and see the presence of a ridge extending along a length of a flute. Furthermore, the presence of a ridge can be confirmed by a technique demonstrated by the photograph of Figure 7 where the 10 filter element is loaded with dust, and the fluted sheet can be peeled away from the facing sheet to reveal a cake of dust having a ridge corresponding to the ridge on the fluted media. In general, the ridge on a cake of dust reflects a portion of the dust surface having an average angle intersecting another portion of the dust surface having a different average angle. The intersection of the two portions of the dust 15 surface cake forms a ridge. The dust that can be used to load the media to fill the flutes to provide a cake of dust within the flutes can be characterized as ISO Fine test dust. Now referring to Figure 5a, the fluted sheet 112 includes two ridges 118 over the distance D2 where the distance D2 refers to the length of the fluted 20 sheet 112 from the center point of the peak 114 to the center point of the peak 116, and wherein the ridges are not the peaks 114, 115, 116 or 119. Although the peaks 114 and 116 can be referred to as internal peaks, and the peaks 115 and 119 can be referred to as the external peaks, the peaks can additionally be characterized as the facing sheet peaks. In general, it is believed that the media will be arranged in 25 different configurations such as wound or stacked and that the flutes will be arranged spacially so that the characterizations of internal and external can be disregarded in favor of the use of the characterization of the peak as a facing sheet peak. The use of the terms internal and external is convenient for describing the flute as it is shown in the figures, and as provided as part of a single facer media. 30 Although the fluted sheet 112 can be provided having two ridges 118 along each length D2, the fluted sheet 112 can be provided having a single ridge along each period length D2, if desired, and can be provided having a configuration where some of the periods exhibit at least one ridge, some periods exhibit two 31 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 ridges, and some periods exhibit no ridge, or any combination thereof. The fluted sheet can be provided as having a repeating pattern of ridges. A repeating pattern of ridges means that the wave pattern exhibits a pattern of ridges. The pattern of ridges may be between every adjacent peak, every other adjacent peak, every third adjacent 5 peak, or some variation that can be perceived over the wave pattern of the media as exhibiting a repeating pattern of ridges. The characterization of the presence of a ridge should be understood to mean that the ridge is present along a length of the flute. In general, the ridge can be provided along the flute for a length sufficient to provide the resulting media with 10 the desired performance. While the ridge may extend the entire length of the flute, it is possible that the ridge will not extend the entire length of the flute as a result of, for example, influences at the ends of the flute. Exemplary influences include flute closure (e.g., darting) and the presence of plugs at the ends of flutes. Preferably, the ridge extends at least 20% of the flute length. By way of example, the ridge can 15 extend at least 30% of the flute length, at least 40% of the flute length, at least 50% of the flute length, at least 60% of the flute length, or at least 80% of the flute length. The ends of the flutes may be closed in some manner and that as a result of the closure, one may or may not be able to detect the presence of a ridge when viewing the media pack from a face. Accordingly, the characterization of the presence of a 20 ridge as extending along a length of the flute does not mean that the ridge must extend along the entire length of the flute. Furthermore, the ridge may not be detected at the ends of the flute. Attention is directed to the photograph of Figure 6 where it may be somewhat difficult to detect the presence of a ridge at the end of fluted media although the presence of the ridge can be detected within the media at a 25 distance from the end of the flute. Now referring to Figure 5b, the fluted media 120 includes a fluted sheet 122 provided between facing sheets 121 and 123. The fluted sheet 122 includes at least two ridges 128 and 129 between the internal peak 124 and the external peak 125. Along the length D2, the media 122 includes four ridges 128 and 30 129. A single period length of media can include four ridges. It should be understood that the ridges 128 and 129 are not the peaks 124, 125, or 126 that can be referred to as the facing media peaks. The media 122 can be provided so that between adjacent peaks (e.g., peaks 125 and 126) there are two ridges 128 and 129. 32 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 In addition, the media 122 can be provided so that between adjacent peaks, there is one ridge or no ridge. There is no requirement that between each adjacent peak there are two ridges. There can be an absence of ridges between peaks if it is desirable to have the presence of ridges alternate or be provided at predetermined 5 intervals between adjacent peaks. The ridge 128 can be characterized as the area where a relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 128a joins a relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 128b. In general, the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 128a can be characterized as having an angle of less than 450 and preferably less than about 300 10 wherein the angle is measured between the ridge 128 and the ridge 129, and relative to the facing sheet 123. The relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 128b can be characterized as having an angle of greater than 450 and preferably greater than about 60* wherein the angle is measured from the peak 126 to the ridge 128, and relative to the facing sheet 123. The ridge 129 can be provided as a result of the 15 intersection of the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 129a and the relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 129b. In general, the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 129a corresponds to the angle of the portion of the media extending from the ridge 128 to the ridge 129. In general, the relatively flatter portion of the fluted media 129a can be characterized as having a slope of less than 20 450, and preferably less than about 300. The relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 129b can be characterized as that portion of the fluted media extending between the ridge 129 and the peak 125 and can be characterized as having an angle between the ridge 129 and the peak 125 and relative to the facing sheet 123. In general, the relatively steeper portion of the fluted media 129b can be characterized 25 as having an angle of greater than 450 and preferably greater than about 60*. Now referring to Figure 5c, the fluted media 140 includes a fluted sheet 142 provided between facing sheets 141 and 143. The fluted sheet 142 includes at least two ridges 148 and 149 between the internal peak 144 and the external peak 145. Along the length D2, the media 140 includes four ridges 148 and 30 149. A single period length of media can include four ridges. It should be understood that the ridges 148 and 149 are not the peaks 144 and 145. The media 140 can be provided so that between adjacent peaks (e.g., peaks 144 and 145) there are two ridges 148 and 149. In addition, the fluted sheet 140 can be provided so that 33 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 between other adjacent peaks, there is one ridge, two ridges, or no ridge. There is no requirement that between each adjacent peak there are two ridges. There can be an absence of ridges between peaks if it is desirable to have the presence of ridges alternate or provided at predetermined intervals between adjacent peaks. In general, 5 a pattern of flutes can be provided where the pattern of flutes repeats and includes the presence of ridges between adjacent peaks. The ridges 148 and 149 can be characterized as the areas where a relatively flatter portion of the fluted sheet joins a relatively steeper portion of the fluted sheet. In the case of the ridge 148, a relatively flatter portion of the fluted 10 sheet 148a joins a relatively steeper portion of the fluted sheet 148b. In the case of the ridge 149, a relatively flatter portion of the fluted sheet 149a joins a relatively steeper portion of the fluted sheet 149b. The relatively steeper portion of the fluted media can be characterized as having an angle of greater than 450 and preferably greater than about 60* when measured for that portion of the media relative to the 15 facing sheet 143. The relatively flatter portion can be characterized as having a slope of less than 45* and preferably less than about 300 for that portion of the media relative to the facing sheet 143. The fluted sheet 142 can be considered more advantageous to prepare relative to the fluted sheet 122 because the wrap angle of the fluted sheet 142 can be 20 less than the wrap angle for the fluted sheet 122. In general, the wrap angle refers to the sum of angles resulting in media turns during the step of fluting. In the case of the fluted media 142, the media is turned less during fluting compared with the fluted media 122. As a result, by fluting to form the fluted sheet 142, the required tencile strength of the media is lower compared with the fluted sheet 122. 25 The fluted sheets 112, 122, and 142 are shown as relatively symmetrical from peak to peak. That is, for the fluted sheets 112, 122, and 142, the flutes repeat having the same number of ridges between adjacent peaks. Adjacent peaks refer to the peaks next to each other along a length of fluted media. For example, for the fluted media 112, peaks 114 and 115 are considered adjacent peaks. 30 A period of media, however, need not have the same number of ridges between adjacent peaks, and the media can be characterized as asymmetrical in this manner. That is, the media can be prepared having a ridge on one half of the period and not having a ridge on the other half of the period. 34 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 PAGE BLANK 35 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 peaks 126 and move away from the upper peaks 125. Accordingly, as the fluted media 122 tapers from 122a to 122d, the cross sectional surface area between the fluted sheet 122 and the facing sheet 123 decreases. Corresponding with this decrease in cross sectional surface area, the corresponding flutes formed by the 5 fluted sheet 122 and a facing sheet contacting the upper peaks 125 experience an increase in cross sectional surface area. It is additionally observed that as the taper moves toward the end configurations shown at 122a and 122d, the ridges tend to merge together or become less distinguishable from each other. The configuration shown at 122a tends to look more like the low contact shape. In addition, it is seen 10 that as the fluted media tapers from 122d to 122a, the ridges 128 and the ridges 129 approach the upper peaks 125. In the case of the tapered zero-strain shapes, the fluted sheet can be characterized as having multiple ridges between adjacent peaks over at least 30%, and preferably at least 50%, of the length of the flute. An advantage of using the filtration media 120 where the fluted sheet 15 122 contains ridges 128 and ridges 129 is the ability to taper the flutes without creating excessive strain, and the ability to use filtration media that need not exhibit a strain greater than 12%. In general, strain can be characterized by the following equation: 20 strain = D2 max - D2 min x 100 D2 min D2 min refers to the media distance where the media is relaxed or without strain, and D2 max refers to the media distance under strain at a point prior to tear. 25 Filtration media that can withstand a strain of up to about 12% without ripping or tearing is fairly commonly used in the filtration industry. Commonly used filtration media can be characterized as cellulosic based. In order to increase the strain that the media can withstand, synthetic fibers can be added to the media. As a result, it can be fairly expensive to use media that must withstand a strain greater than 12%. 30 Accordingly, it is desirable to utilize a flute configuration that provides for tapering of the flute while minimizing the strain on the media, and avoiding the necessity of using expensive media that can tolerate higher strains than 12%. Now referring to Figure 9b, the fluted sheet 142 of Figure 5c is shown in a tapered configuration extending from locations 142a to 142b, and then to 36 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 142c. As the flute tapers to a smaller cross-sectional area (the area between the fluted sheet 142 and the facing sheet 143), the ridges 148 and 149 move toward the peak 145. The reverse can also be said. That is, as the cross-sectional area in the flute increases, the ridges 148 and 149 move toward the peak 144. 5 The flute shapes exemplified in Figures 5a-c can help provide for reducing the area of media that may become masked at the peaks compared with standard A and B fluted media. In addition, the shapes exemplified in Figures 5a-c can help assist in increasing the amount of media available for filtration compared with standard A and B fluted media. In Figure 5a, viewing the fluted media 112 from the 10 facing sheet 113, the ridges 118 can be seen to provide the flute with a concave appearance. From the perspective of facing sheet 111, the ridges 118 can be seen to provide the media extending between adjacent peaks with a convex appearance. Now referring to Figure 5b, the ridges 128 and 129 can be seen as providing both a concave and a convex appearance from either side of the fluted media 122 from 15 peak to adjacent peak. It should be appreciated that the flutes are not actually concave or convex in view of the presence of the ridges. Accordingly, the ridges provide a transition or discontinuity in the curve. Another way of characterizing the presence of the ridge is by observing a discontinuity in the curve of the media wherein the discontinuity is not present in standard A flutes and B flutes. 20 Furthermore, it should be appreciated that the flute shapes depicted in Figures 5a-5c and 9a-9b are somewhat exaggerated. That is, after forming the fluted media, there will likely be a degree of spring or memory in the media that causes it to bow out or curve. Furthermore, the application of fluid (e.g., air) through the media may cause the media to deflect. As a result, the actual media prepared according to this 25 description will not necessarily follow precisely along the drawings presented in Figures 5a-5c and 9a-9b. The single facer media configurations shown in Figures 5a-5c can be reversed, if desired. For example, the single facer media 117 includes the fluted sheet 112 and the facing sheet 113. If desired, the single facer media can be 30 constructed so that it includes the fluted sheet 112 and the facing sheet 111. Similarly, the single facer media shown in Figures 5b and 5c can be reversed, if desired. The characterization of the single facer media shown in Figures 5a-5c is provided for purposes of explaining the invention. One will understand that a single 37 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 facer media can be prepared by combining the fluted sheet with a facing sheet in a manner essentially opposite of that depicted in Figures 5a-5c. That is, after the step of fluting the fluted sheet, the fluted sheet can be combined with a facing sheet on either side of the fluted sheet. 5 Flute Volume Asymmetry Flute volume asymmetry refers to a volumetric difference within a filter element or filter cartridge between the upstream volume and the downstream volume. The upstream volume refers to the volume of the media that receives the unfiltered fluid (e.g., air), and the downstream volume refers to the volume of the 10 media that receives the filtered fluid (e.g., air). Filter elements can additionally be characterized as having a dirty side and a clean side. In general, the dirty side of filtration media refers to the volume of media that receives the unfiltered fluid. The clean side refers to the volume of media that receives the filtered fluid that has passed via filtering passage from the dirty side. It can be desirable to provide a 15 media having a dirty side or upstream volume that is greater than the clean side or downstream volume. It has been observed that in the case of filtering air, particulates in the air are deposited on the dirty side and, as a result, the capacity of the filtration media can be determined by the volume of the dirty side. By providing volume asymmetry, it is possible to increase the volume of the media available for 20 receiving the dirty air and thereby increase the capacity of the media pack. Filtration media having a flute volume asymmetry exists when the difference between the upstream volume and the downstream volume is greater than 10%. Filtration media have a flute volume asymmetry can be referred to as a media pack having an asymmetric volume arrangement. Flute volume asymmetry can be 25 expressed by the following formula: volume asymmetry = volumeupstream - volumeownstream x 100 volumedownstream Preferably, media exhibiting volume asymmetry has volume asymmetry of greater than about 10%, greater than about 20%, greater than 30%, and preferably greater 30 than about 50%. Exemplary ranges for flute volume asymmetry include about 30% to about 250%, and about 50% to about 200%. In general, it may be desirable for 38 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 the upstream volume to be greater than the downstream volume when it is desirable to maximize the life of the media. Alternatively, there may be situations where it is desirable to minimize the upstream volume relative to the downstream volume. For example, in the case of a safety element, it may be desirable to provide a safety 5 element having a relatively low upstream volume so that the media fills and prevents flow relatively quickly as an indicator that failure has occurred in an upstream filter element. The volume asymmetry can be calculated by measuring the cross sectional surface area of flutes from a photograph showing a sectional view of the 10 flutes. If the flutes form a regular pattern, this measurement will yield the flute volume asymmetry. If the flutes are not regular (e.g., tapered), then one can take several sections of the media and calculate the flute volume asymmetry using accepted interpolation or extrapolation techniques. Flute design can be adjusted to provide a flute asymmetry that 15 enhances filtration. In general, flute asymmetry refers to forming flutes having narrower peaks and widened arching troughs, or vice versa so that the upstream volume and downstream volume for the media are different. An example of asymmetric volume arrangement is provided in U.S. Patent Application Publication No. US 2003/0121845 to Wagner et al. The disclosure of U.S. Patent Application 20 Publication No. US 2003/0121845 is incorporated herein by reference. Now referring to Figures 1Oa and 1Ob, asymmetric flutes volumes are shown by the filtration media 150 and 160 where Figures 1Oa and 1Ob are sectional views of, for example, regular non -tapered fluted media. The filtration media 150 shows a fluted sheet 152 between facing sheets 154 and 155. The fluted sheet 152 is 25 configured to provide a greater volume between the fluted sheet 152 and the facing sheet 154 than the volume defined by the fluted sheet 152 and the facing sheet 155. As a result, the volume defined by the area between the fluted sheet 152 and the facing sheet 154 can be provided as the upstream volume or as the dirty side volume when it is desired to maximize the upstream volume or dirty side volume. The flute 30 filtration media 160 shows a fluted sheet 162 between facing sheets 164 and 165. The fluted sheet is configured to provide a greater volume between the fluted sheet 162 and the facing sheet 165. The area between the flutes sheet 162 and the facing 39 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 sheet 165 can be characterized, if desired, as the upstream volume or the dirty side volume. Filtration media having an asymmetric volume arrangement can result from the presence of regular flutes or tapered flutes. Furthermore, media 5 having relatively symmetric tapered flutes (e.g., flutes tapering in each direct to relatively the same extent), can provide media having a lack of an asymmetric volume arrangement (less than 10% volume asymmetry). Accordingly, the existence or non-existence of tapered flutes does not imply or mean that existence or non-existence of an asymmetric volume arrangement. Media having a regular flute 10 arrangement (e.g., non-tapered) may or may not exhibit an asymmetric volume arrangement. The media pack can be provided so that flutes within the media pack are both regular and tapered. For example, the flutes can be provided so that along the length of the flute, the flute at one portion of the length is tapered and at another 15 portion of the length is regular. An exemplary arrangement include, for example, a taper-straight-taper arrangement where the flute tapers from one face to a predetermined location and then exhibits a regular arrangement until another predetermined location and then exhibits a taper. The existence of a taper-straight taper arrangement can be use to help provide volume asymmetry, and can be used to 20 help handle loading and pressure drop. Darted Flutes Figures 11-18 illustrate a technique for closing an end of a flute having a curved wave pattern. The technique can be referred to as darting and general techniques for darting flutes are described in U.S. Patent Publication No. US 25 2006/0163150 that published on July 27, 2006. The entire disclosure of U.S. Patent Publication No. US 2006/0163150 is incorporated herein by reference. An exemplary darting technique that can be used to close flutes in filtration media according to the invention is shown in Figures 11-18. Although the darting technique provided in Figures 11-18 is shown in the context prior art media, 30 the darting technique can be applied to fluted media according to the present invention. For example, the fluted media shown in Figures 5a-c can be darted according to the technique shown in Figures 11-18. 40 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 In general, darting can occur to provide closure after a facer bead 190 is applied for securing a fluted sheet 204 to a facer sheet 206. In general, and as described in U.S. Patent Publication No. US 2006/0163150, an indenting or darting wheel can be used to form the flutes 200 as shown in Figures 11-13, and a folder 5 wheel can be used to close the flutes 200 as shown in Figures 14-18. As shown in Figures 11-13, the darting wheel deforms a portion 202 of the upper peak 204, by indenting or inverting it. By "inverting" and variants thereof, it is meant that the upper peak 204 is indented or turned inward in a direction toward the facing sheet 206. Figure 12 is a cross-sectional view along the mid-point of the inversion 210 10 created by the darting wheel. The inversion 210 is between a pair of peaks 212, 214 that are created as a result of the darting process. The peaks 212, 214 together form a flute double peak 216. The peaks 212, 214 in the flute double peak 216 have a height that is shorter than the height of the upper peak 204 before inversion. Figure 13 illustrates the cross-section of the flute 200 at a portion of the flute 200 that did 15 not engage the darting wheel, and thus was not deformed. As can be seen in Figure 13, that portion of the flute 200 retains its original shape. While the flute double peak 216 shown in Figure 12 represents an indenting of the upper peak 204 to form a pair of peaks 212 and 214 that are essentially symmetrical, it should be understood that the precise location of the 20 darting or indenting may be off center. As a result of the timing of the indenting or darting wheel and the flexibility of the media, the peaks 212 and 214 may have different sizes, and the relative size of the peaks 212 and 214 can vary across the media from flute to flute. Attention is now directed to Figures 14-18. Figures 14-18 show 25 sections of the darted section 198 after engagement with the folder wheel. Figure 18, in particular, shows an end view of the darted section 198, in cross-section. A fold arrangement 218 can be seen to form a darted flute 220 with four creases 221 a, 221b, 221c, 221d. The fold arrangement 218 includes a flat first layer 222 that is secured to the facing sheet 64. A second layer 224 is shown pressed against the flat 30 first layer 222. The second layer 224 is preferably formed from folding opposite outer ends 226, 227 of the first layer 222. Still referring to Figure 18, two of the folds or creases 221a, 221b will generally be referred to herein as "upper, inwardly directed" folds or creases. 41 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The term "upper" in this context is meant to indicate that the creases lie on an upper portion of the entire fold 220, when the fold 220 is viewed in the orientation of Figure 11. The term "inwardly directed" is meant to refer to the fact that the fold line or crease line of each crease 221a, 221b, is directed toward the other. 5 In Figure 18, creases 221c, 221d, will generally be referred to herein as "lower, outwardly directed" creases. The term "lower" in this context refers to the fact that the creases 221 c, 221 d are not located on the top as are creases 221 a, 221b, in the orientation of Figure 14. The term "outwardly directed" is meant to indicate that the fold lines of the creases 221 c, 221 d are directed away from one 10 another. The terms "upper" and "lower" as used in this context are meant specifically to refer to the fold 220, when viewed from the orientation of Figure 18. That is, they are not meant to be otherwise indicative of direction when the fold 120 is oriented in an actual product for use. 15 Based upon these characterizations and review of Figure 18, it can be seen that a preferred regular fold arrangement 218 according to Figure 18 in this disclosure is one which includes at least two "upper, inwardly directed, creases." These inwardly directed creases are unique and help provide an overall arrangement at which the folding does not cause a significant encroachment on adjacent flutes. 20 These two creases result in part from folding tips 212, 214, Figure 18, toward one another. A third layer 228 can also be seen pressed against the second layer 224. The third layer 228 is formed by folding from opposite inner ends 230, 231 of the third layer 228. In certain preferred implementations, the facing sheet 206 will 25 be secured to the fluted sheet 196 along the edge opposite from the fold arrangement 218. Another way of viewing the fold arrangement 218 is in reference to the geometry of alternating peaks 204 and troughs 205 of the corrugated sheet 196. The first layer 222 includes the inverted peak 210. The second layer 224 30 corresponds to the double peak 216 that is folded toward, and in preferred arrangements, folded against the inverted peak 210. It should be noted that the inverted peak 210 and the double peak 216, corresponding to the second layer 224, is outside of the troughs 205 on opposite sides of the peak 204. In the example 42 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 PAGE BLANK 43 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 Plug Length and Flute Height Z-media is sometimes characterized as having flutes extending from an inlet face to an outlet face of the media, and a first portion of the flutes can be characterized as inlet flutes and a second portion of the flutes can be characterized as 5 outlet flutes. The inlet flutes can be provided with a plug or seal near or at the outlet face. Furthermore, the outlet flutes can be provided with a plug or seal near or at the inlet face. Of course, alternatives of this arrangement are available. For example, the seals or plugs need not be provided at or adjacent to the inlet face or outlet face. The seals or plugs can be provided away from the inlet face or the outlet face, if 10 desired. In the case of hot melt adhesive being used as a seal or plug, it is often found that the plug has a length of at least about 12 mm in standard B fluted media. The plug length can be measured from the face of the element to the inner surface of the plug. The applicants have found that by reducing the plug length, it is possible to provide desirable characteristics of the filtration media including increased 15 loading capacity, lower initial pressure drop, increased surface area of media available for filtration, reduced the amount of filtration media needed for a filter element, or combinations thereof. It can be desirable to provide a plug length that is less than about 10 mm, less than about 8 mm, less than about 7 mm, and even more preferably less than about 6 mm. Reducing the plug length can provide increased 20 performance in the situation where the flute length is relatively short (e.g., a flute length of less than about 5 inches). Decreasing the plug length for a relatively long flute length (e.g., greater than 8 inches) may not be as effective for enhancing performance compared with reducing plug length for media having a shorter flute length. For shorter length flutes, for example, flutes having a length of less than 25 about 5 inches (e.g., about 2 inches to about 4 inches), reducing the plug length to less than about 7 mm or less than about 6 mm can provide enhanced performance. The plug length can be referred to as an average plug length, and can be measured as the average plug length of the plugs sealing the first plurality of flutes or sealing the second plurality of flutes or both. That is, the average plug length can be reduced 30 for the plugs present at or near one of the faces of the media pack. There is no requirement that the average plug length is an average plug length for all seals within the media pack. That is, the average plug length for the first portion of flutes can be different from the plug length for the second portion of flutes. The average 44 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 PAGE BLANK 45 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 filtration media allows one to have flexibility in designing an air cleaner to fit a particular environment. The following described exemplary filtration media can be provided with or without the flute shape referred to earlier as "low contact" or "zero strain." 5 The provision of a ridge or multiple ridges between peaks in a fluted media is not a requirement of the filtration media, but can be relied upon for enhancing performance. A first exemplary filtration media can be selected for maximizing dust loading capacity. The flute density can be selected so that it is greater than the 10 flute density of filter media prepared from Standard B flute media. For example, the filtration media can be provided having a flute density of at least about 35.0 flute/inch 2 , wherein the flute density is calculated according to the formula: _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area 15 wherein the number of channels is determined by counting the channels in a cross section of the media and the location where the media cross sectional area is determined. Preferably, the flute density can be greater than 45 flute/inch 2 or greater than about 50 flute/inch 2 . In order to reduce pressure drop caused by the increase in flute density, the flute length can be decreased. For example, the media can be 20 provided having a flute length of less than 5 inches. Because of the relatively short flute length, the plug length can be provided as relatively short in order to increase the amount of media available for filtration. For example, the plugs can be provided having a length of less than about 7 mm, and preferably less than about 6 mm. In addition, the flute volume asymmetry of the media can be adjusted. For example, 25 the flute volume asymmetry of the media can be provided so that the upstream volume is at least 10 percent greater than the downstream volume. Preferably, the flute volume asymmetry can be greater than 30%, and preferably greater than 50%. The fluted media can be provided having a flute width height ratio of at least about 2.7, and preferably at least about 3.0. 30 A second exemplary media can be selected for providing a desired long life. The second exemplary media can have a medium flute length. For example, the flute length can be about 5 inches to about 8 inches. The second 46 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 exemplary media can be provided without a taper, and can be provided having a flute density of about 34 flutes/inch 2 which is about the flute density of Standard B media. The second exemplary media can be provided having a flute width height ratio of greater than about 2.7, and preferably greater than about 3.0. In addition, the 5 second exemplary media can be provided having a flute volume asymmetry of greater than 20%, and preferably greater than 30%. A third exemplary filtration media can be provided so that the media exhibits a desired low pressure drop. The third exemplary filtration media can have a relatively low flute density of less than about 34 flute/inch 2 , and preferably less 10 than about 25 flute/inch 2 . In addition, the flute length of the media can be medium length or long, and can have a length of at least about 5 inches and can have a length of about 6 inches to about 12 inches. The third exemplary filtration media can be provided with or without flute volume asymmetry. When provided with flute volume asymmetry, the media can have a flute volume asymmetry of greater than 15 about 30%, or greater than about 70%. The flutes can be provided as tapered or non-tapered. A fourth exemplary filtration media can be provided to balance the desired level of dust loading and the desired pressure drop. The fourth exemplary filtration media can be provided having relatively long flutes. For example, the flute 20 length of the media can be about 8 inches to about 12 inches. The fourth exemplary filtration media can be provided with or without a taper. Filter Elements Now referring to Figures 19-28, filter elements are described that 25 include a filtration media pack. The filtration media pack can be provided based upon the media pack characterizations described herein, and based upon the exemplary media definitions. One will understand how the filter elements shown in Figures 19-28 can be modified to accept the media as characterized herein. For example, the media can be provided as coiled or stacked, and can be provided 30 having a flute length and flute density range as described. In addition, the filter elements shown in Figures 19-20 are generally characterized as air filtration elements because they can be used to filter air. 47 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The filtration media pack can be provided as part of a filter element containing a radial seal as described in, for example, U.S. Patent No. 6,350,291, U.S. Patent Application No. US 2005/0166561, and International Publication No. WO 2007/056589, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference. For 5 example, referring to Figure 19, the filter element 300 includes filtration media pack 301 that can be provided as a wound media pack 302 of single facer media, and can include a first face 304 and a second face 306. A frame 308 can be provided on a first end of the media pack 310, and can extend beyond the first face 304. Furthermore, the frame 308 can include a step or reduction in circumference 312 and 10 a support 314 that extends beyond the first face 304. A seal member 316 can be provided on the support 314. When the filter element 301 is introduced within the housing 320, the seal member 316 engages the housing sealing surface 322 to provide a seal so that unfiltered air does not bypass the filtration media pack 300. The seal member 316 can be characterized as a radial seal because the seal member 15 316 includes a seal surface 317 that engages the housing sealing surface 322 in a radial direction to provide sealing. In addition, the frame 308 can include a media pack cross brace or support structure 324 that helps support the frame 308 and helps reduce telescoping of the air filtration media pack 300. An access cover 324 can be provided for enclosing the filter element 300 within the housing 320. 20 The filtration media pack can be provided as part of a filter element having a variation on the radial seal configuration. As shown in Figure 20, the seal 330 can be relied upon for holding the frame 332 to the media pack 334. As shown in Figure 19, the frame 308 can be adhesively attached to the media pack 301. As shown in Figure 20, the frame 332 can be provided adjacent to the first face 336 and 25 the seal 330 can be provided so that it holds the support 332 onto the media pack 334 without the use of additional adhesive. The seal 330 can be characterized as an overmold seal in that it expands along both sides of the seal support 338 and onto the outer surface of the media pack 334 at the first end 340. The filtration media pack can be provided as part of a filter element 30 according to U.S. Patent No. 6,235,195, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference. Now referring to Figure 21, the filter element 350 includes a wound media pack 352 having an oblong or racetrack shape, and an axial pinch seal 354 attached to the end and circumscribing the exterior of the media pack. 48 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The axial pinch seal 354 is shown provided between the first face 356 and the second face 358 of the media pack. The axial pinch seal 354 includes a base portion 360 and a flange portion 362. The base portion 362 can be provided for attaching to the media pack. The flange portion 362 can be pinched between two surfaces to 5 create a seal. One of the surfaces can be a surface of the housing that contains the filter element 350. In addition, the other structure that pinches the flange 362 can be an access cover or another structure provided within the housing that helps maintain the seal so that unfiltered air passes through the media pack without bypassing the media pack. The filter element 350 can include a handle 364 extending axially from 10 the first face 356. If desired, the handle can be provided extending axially from the second face 358. The handle 364 allows one to pull or remove the filter element 350 from the housing. Now referring to Figures 22-24, a filter element is shown at reference number 400. The filter element 400 includes a wound media pack 402, a handle 15 arrangement 404, and a seal arrangement 406. Details of this filter element construction can be found in U.S. Patent No. 6,348,084, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference. The previously described single facer media can be used to prepare the filter element 400. The handle arrangement 404 includes a center board 408, handles 20 410, and a hook construction 412. The single facer media can be wound around the center board 408 so that the handles 410 extend axially from a first face 414 of the media pack 402. The hook arrangement 412 can extend from the second face 416 of the media pack 402. The handles 410 allow an operator to remove the filter element 400 from a housing. The hook construction 412 provides for attachment to a cross 25 brace or support structure 420. The hook construction 412 includes hook members 422 and 424 that engage the cross brace or support structure 420. The cross brace or support structure 420 can be provided as part of a seal support structure 430 that extends from the second face 416 and includes a seal support member 432. A seal 434 can be provided on the seal support member to provide a seal between the filter 30 element 400 and a housing. The seal 434 can be characterized as a radial seal when the seal is intended to provide sealing as a result of contact of a radially facing seal surface 436 and a housing seal surface. 49 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The filtration media pack can be provided as part of a gas turbine system as shown in U.S. Patent No. 6,348,085, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference. An exemplary gas turbine filtration element is shown at reference number 450 in Figure 25. The filter element 450 can include a 5 primary filter element 452 and a secondary filter element 454. The secondary filter element 454 can be referred to as a safety filter element. The main filter element 452 can be provided as an filtration media pack as previously described in this application. The filtration media pack can be provided as a result of winding a single facer media or as a result of stacking a single facer media. The primary filter 10 element 452 and the secondary filter element 454 can be secured within a sleeve member 460. The sleeve member 460 can include a flange 462 that includes a seal 464. When installed, the element 450 can be provided so that the flange 462 and seal 464 are provided adjacent a support 466 and held in place by a clamp 200 so that the seal 464 provides a sufficient seal so that unfiltered air does not bypass the 15 filter element 450. Another filter element that can utilize the filtration media pack is described in U.S. Patent No. 6,610,126, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference. Now referring to Figure 26, the filter element 500 includes an filtration media pack 502, a radial seal arrangement 504, and a dust seal 20 or secondary seal arrangement 506. The filter element 500 can be provided within an air cleaner housing 510 and can include, downstream of the filter element 500, a safety or secondary filter element 512. Furthermore, an access cover 514 can be provided for enclosing the housing 510. The housing 510 and the access cover 514 can pinch the dust seal 506 so that the dust seal 506 can be characterized as a pinch 25 seal. The filtration media pack can be provided as a stacked media pack arrangement according to International Publication No. WO 2006/076479 and International Publication No. WO 2006/076456, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference. Now referring to Figure 27, a filter element is 30 shown at reference number 600 that includes a stacked, blocked, media pack 602. The blocked stacked media pack 602 can be characterized as a rectangular or right (normal) parallelogram media pack. To seal the opposite ends of the media pack 602 are positioned side panels 604 and 606. The side panels 604 and 606 seal the 50 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 lead end and tail end of each stacked, single facer media. The media pack 602 has opposite flow faces 610 and 612. It is pointed out that no flow path between faces 610 and 612 is provided that does not also require the air to pass through media of the media pack 602 and thus to be filtered. A peripheral, perimeter, housing seal 5 ring 614 is positioned in the air filter element 600. The particular seal ring 614 depicted is an axial pinch seal ring. If desired, a protective sheath or panel can be provided over the media pack surfaces 626 and 622. The filtration media pack can be provided as a stacked media pack arrangement according to International Publication No. WO 2007/133635, the entire 10 disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference. Now referring to Figure 28, a filter element is shown at reference number 650. The filter element 650 includes a stacked z-filter media arrangement 652 having a first, in this instance, inlet face 654, and an opposite second, in this instance, outlet face 656. In addition, the filter element 650 includes an upper side 660, a lower side 662, and opposite side end 664 15 and 666. The stacked z-filter media arrangement 652 generally comprises one or more stacks of strips of single facer media where each strip comprises a fluted sheet secured to a facing sheet. The strips can be provided in a slanted arrangement. The strips are organized with flutes extending between the inlet face 654 and the outlet face 656. The filter element 650 depicted comprises a stacked z-filter media pack 20 arrangement comprising two stacked media pack sections 670 and 672. A seal member 680 can be molded to the media pack. It should be appreciated that, in view of exemplary Figures 19-28, that the filtration media pack can be provided in various configurations to form filter elements that can then be used in various housing arrangements to provide enhanced 25 performance. Examples Filter elements having media containing various flute designs were compared using filter media performance modeling software. The filter elements 30 were not constructed and tested for this example. Instead, the dimensions of the filter elements and the filter element components, the properties and characteristics of the filter elements and the filter element components, the conditions of use, and the characteristics of the air being filtered were inputted into a computer program 51 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 that models filter media performance. The filter media performance modeling software was validated based upon tests run on actual Donaldson Company filter media. The results of the computer software modeling are expected to have an error within about 10%. For the purpose of evaluating different filter media design 5 alternatives, it is believed that an error value of within about 10% is sufficiently low that the modeling software can be used to evaluate various design options. For purposes of the computer modeling software, the dust selected is characterized as SAE. Tables 2-8 include a characterization of the filter element and the 10 computer generated results. The tables identify the size of the element evaluated using the filter media performance modeling software. The element size refers to the overall size of the element. The filter elements characterized in each of the tables are stacked elements having a depth or flute length corresponding to the last identified 15 dimension. For example, in Table 2(a), the element has a size of 8 inches x 12 inches x 5 inches where the flute length is 5 inches. For element 1, the flute type can be characterized as standard B. For runs 2 and 3, the shape of the element has been changed while keeping the volume of the element relatively constant. Beginning with element 4, the flute type can no longer be considered standard B, 20 and is characterized as arc-flat-arc which generally describes a flute shape having arcs forming the internal peaks and the external peaks of a fluted sheet, and a relatively flat portion of media connecting an internal peak and an external peak. For elements 17-19, the flute type can be characterized as low contact. The low contact shape is generally shown in Figure 5(a). 25 The filter elements in Tables 2-8 are additionally characterized by the flute density, volume asymmetry, flute width/height ratio, flute height, flute pitch, plug length, and media thickness. As a result of this information, the computer modeling software calculates the initial pressure drop, the SAE fine loading to 12 inches water pressure drop, the volume, and the area of media required. These 30 values are determined for a specified flow rate through the media. In addition, the tables include comparisons with the base filter. In general, the base filter for a table refers to the first listed element in that table. As a result, performance changes can be evaluated among different elements as a result of changes to the design. 52 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 The general teaching demonstrated by the data in tables 2-8 is that multiple changes in the design of the filter element can significantly improve performance. In addition, single changes do not necessarily provide the large amounts of improvement compared with multiple changes. 5 53 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 LoC Nr I qC4C 0C O 0,e 0 en W 0 oC (1' I I - - - - wt 00wwr-N01 'TN t tr 'n -n In m' N' a' a'o i kn''a a -n -n -n m 'a In eq 0000000000000000000 Ncq 14 6 6 3< 66< w 000n0I0-nON00T 0NN Ntn Ink n 01=

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Claims (64)

1. A filtration media pack comprising: (a) a plurality of layers of single facer media wherein the layers of single facer media comprise a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes 5 extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face of the filtration media pack; (b) a first portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing into the first portion of the plurality of flutes, and a second 10 portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing out of the second portion of the plurality of flutes so that fluid passing into one of the first face or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the fluid; (c) the plurality of flutes having an average flute length of less 15 than 5 inches; and (d) the filtration media pack exhibiting a flute density (p ) of at least 35.0 flute/inch 2 according to the formula: _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area 20 wherein the number of channels is counted and the media cross sectional area is measured.
2. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the fluted sheet comprises repeating internal peaks facing toward the facing sheet and repeating 25 external peaks facing away from the facing sheet and a pattern of at least one ridge extending along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
3. A filtration media pack according to claim 2, wherein the fluted sheet comprises at least two ridges along at least 50% of the flute length between an 30 internal peak and an adjacent external peak. 66 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
4. A filtration media pack according to claim 2, where at least two ridges are provided in a pattern between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
5. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the filtration 5 media pack exhibits a flute density of at least about 40 flute/inch2.
6. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the first portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead and the second portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead.
7. A filtration media pack according to claim 6, wherein the sealant 10 bead sealing at least one of the first portion of the plurality of flutes or the second portion of the plurality of flutes have an average plug length of less than about 7 mm.
8. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the plurality of single facer media are provided in a coiled arrangement. 15
9. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein a plurality of single facer media are provided in a stacked arrangement.
10. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the media pack has an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is greater than a volume on another side of the media pack by at least 10%. 20
11. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the flute width height ratio is greater than 2.5.
12. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the flute width height ratio of less than 0.4.
13. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the average 25 flute length is about 2 inches to about 4 inches. 67 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
14. A filtration media pack according to claim 1, wherein the flutes are provided in a non-regular arrangement.
15. A filter element comprising a filtration media pack according to claim 1 and a seal member extending around a periphery of the media pack. 5
16. A filtration media pack comprising: (a) a plurality of layers of single facer media wherein the layers -of single facer media comprise a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face of the 10 filtration media pack; (b) a first portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing into the first portion of the plurality of flutes, and a second portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing out of the second portion of the plurality of flutes so that fluid passing into one of the first face 15 or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the fluid; (c) the filtration media pack exhibits a flute density (p ) of the media pack of least 35.0 flute/inch 2 according to at the formula: _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area 20 wherein the number of channels is counted and the media cross sectional area is measured; and (d) the filtration media pack has an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is greater than a volume 25 on another side of the media pack by at least 10%.
17. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein the fluted sheet comprises repeating internal peaks facing toward the facing sheet and repeating external peaks facing away from the facing sheet and a pattern of at least 68 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 one ridge extending along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
18. A filtration media pack according to claim 17, wherein the fluted sheet comprises at least two ridges along at least 50% of the flute length between an 5 internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
19. A filtration media pack according to claim 17, where at least two -ridges are provided in a pattern between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
20. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein the filtration 10 media pack exhibits a flute density of at least about 40 flute/inch 2 .
21. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein the first portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead and the second portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead.
22. A filtration media pack according to claim 21, wherein the sealant 15 bead sealing at least one of the first portion of the plurality of flutes or the second portion of the plurality of flutes have an average plug length of less than about 7 Mim.
23. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein the plurality of single facer media are provided in a coiled arrangement. 20
24. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein a plurality of single facer media are provided in a stacked arrangement.
25. A filtration media pack according to claim 16, wherein the media pack has an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is greater than a volume on another side of the media pack by at least 25 50%. 69 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
26. A filter element comprising a filtration media pack according to claim 16 and a seal member extending around a periphery of the media pack.
27. A filtration media pack comprising: (a) a plurality of layers of single facer media wherein the layers 5 of single facer media comprise a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face of the filtration media pack; (b) a first portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to 10 unfiltered fluid flowing into the first portion of the plurality of flutes, and a second portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing out of the second portion of the plurality of flutes so that fluid passing into one of the first face or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the fluid; 15 (c) the filtration media pack has an average flute length of greater than about 8 inches; (d) the filtration media pack has an average flute density of less than 34 flute/inch 2 ; (e) the filtration media pack has an average media-cord 20 percentage of greater than 6.3%, and (f) wherein the filtration media pack has an non-asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is not greater than a volume on the other side of the media pack by more than 10%. 25
28. A filtration media pack according to claim 27, wherein the fluted sheet comprises repeating internal peaks facing toward the facing sheet and repeating external peaks facing away from the facing sheet and a pattern of at least one ridge extending along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak. 30
29. A filtration media pack according to claim 28, wherein the fluted sheet comprises at least two ridges along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak. 70 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
30. A filtration media pack according to claim 28, where at least two ridges are provided in a pattern between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
31. A filtration media pack according to claim 27, wherein the filtration 5 media pack has a flute width height ratio of greater than 2.5 of a flute height ratio of less than 0.4.
32. A filtration media pack according to claim 27, wherein the filtration media pack has an average flute density of less than 25 flute/inch 2 .
33. A filtration media pack according to claim 27, wherein the filtration 10 media pack has an average media-cord percentage of greater than 6.5%.
34. A filter element comprising a filtration media pack according to claim 27 and a seal member extending around a periphery of the media pack.
35. A method for manufacturing a filtration media pack comprising: (a) stacking or rolling layers of single facer media to form a 15 filtration media pack, the plurality of layers of single facer media comprise: (i) a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face of the filtration media pack; 20 (ii) a first portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing into the first portion of the plurality of flutes, and a second portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to unfiltered fluid flowing out of the second portion of the plurality of flutes so that fluid passing into one of the first face or the second face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second 25 face of the media pack passes through media to provide filtration of the fluid; (iii) the plurality of flutes having an average flute length of less than 5 inches; and (iv) the filtration media pack exhibiting a flute density (p) of at least about 35.0 flute/inch 2 according to the formula: 71 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area wherein the number of channels is counted and the media cross sectional area is measured. 5
36. A method according to claim 35, wherein the fluted sheet comprises repeating internal peaks facing toward the facing sheet and repeating external peaks facing away from the facing sheet and a pattern of at least one ridge extending along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external 10 peak.
37. A method according to claim 36, wherein the fluted sheet comprises at least two ridges along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak. 15
38. A method according to claim 36, wherein at least two ridges are provided in a pattern between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
39. A method according to claim 35, wherein the filtration media pack 20 exhibits a flute density of at least about 40 flute/inch 2 .
40. A method according to claim 35, wherein the first portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead and the second portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead. 25
41. A method according to claim 35, wherein the sealant bead sealing at least one of the first portion of the plurality of flutes or the second portion of the plurality of flutes have an average plug length of less than about 7 mm.
42. A method according to claim 35, wherein the plurality of single facer 30 media are provided in a coiled arrangement. 72 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
43. A method according to claim 35, wherein a plurality of single facer media are provided in a stacked arrangement.
44. A method according to claim 35, wherein the media pack has an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is 5 greater than a volume on another side of the media pack by at least 10%.
45. A method according to claim 35, wherein the flute width height ratio -is greater than 2.5.
46. A method according to claim 35, wherein the flute width height ratio of less than 0.4. 10
47. A method according to claim 35, wherein the average flute length is about 2 inches to about 4 inches.
48. A method according to claim 35, wherein the flutes are provided in a non-regular arrangement.
49. A method according to claim 35 further comprising providing a seal 15 member extending around a periphery of the media pack.
50. A method for filtering a fluid comprising: (a) feeding the fluid to a first face of a media pack and recovering filtered fluid from a second face of the media pack, the media pack comprising: (i) a plurality of layers of single facer media wherein the layers 20 of single facer media comprise a fluted sheet, a facing sheet, and a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheet and the facing sheet and having a flute length extending from a first face of the filtration media pack to a second face of the filtration media pack; (ii) a first portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to the 25 fluid flowing into the first portion of the plurality of flutes, and a second portion of the plurality of flutes being closed to the fluid flowing out of the second portion of the plurality of flutes so that the fluid passing into one of the first face or the second 73 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394 face of the media pack and out the other of the first face or the second face of the media pack passes through media to provide the filtered fluid; (iii) the plurality of flutes having an average flute length of less than 5 inches; and 5 (iv) the filtration media pack exhibiting a flute density (p ) of at least 35.0 flute/inch 2 according to the formula: _ number of channels (open and closed) 2 x z-media pack cross sectional area wherein the number of channels is counted and the media cross sectional area is 10 measured.
51. A method according to claim 50, wherein the fluted sheet comprises repeating internal peaks facing toward the facing sheet and repeating external peaks facing away from the facing sheet and a repeating pattern of at least one ridge 15 extending along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak.
52. A method according to claim 51, wherein the fluted sheet comprises at least two ridges along at least 50% of the flute length between an internal peak 20 and an adjacent external peak.
53. A method according to claim 51, wherein at least two ridges are provided in a pattern between an internal peak and an adjacent external peak. 25
54. A method according to claim 50, wherein the filtration media pack exhibits a flute density of at least about 40 flute/inch 2 .
55. A method according to claim 50, wherein the first portion of the plurality of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead and the second portion of the plurality 30 of flutes are sealed by a sealant bead. 74 WO 2009/003119 PCT/US2008/068394
56. A method according to claim 50, wherein the sealant bead sealing at least one of the first portion of the plurality of flutes or the second portion of the plurality of flutes have an average plug length of less than about 7 mm.
57. A method according to claim 50, wherein the plurality of single facer 5 media are provided in a coiled arrangement.
58. A method according to claim 50, wherein a plurality of single facer media are provided in a stacked arrangement.
59. A method according to claim 50, wherein the media pack has an asymmetric volume arrangement so that a volume on one side of the media pack is 10 greater than a volume on another side of the media pack by at least 10%.
60. A method according to claim 50, wherein the flute width height ratio is greater than 2.5.
61. A method according to claim 50, wherein the flute width height ratio of less than 0.4. 15
62. A method according to claim 50, wherein the average flute length is about 2 inches to about 4 inches.
63. A method according to claim 50, wherein the flutes are provided in a non-regular arrangement.
64. A method according to claim 50, wherein the media pack comprises 20 seal member extending around a periphery of the media pack. 75
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